By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
National President of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna who also doubles as the Deputy governor of Kano state has expressed delight at the high turnout of teams for this year’s Ramat Cup which is presently taking place in Kano State.
According to him, the high turn out of states in the annual competition being put together in memory of the late former Head of State Gen. Muritala Mohammed is an indication that Nigerians appreciates the Federation’s efforts towards grassroots football development in the country promising that the body will continue to use its numerous programmes to discover talents at the grassroots.
“I’m happy that many states are participating in this year’s edition which in the past has produced many talented players who later went ahead to play for the various national teams and club sides both in Nigeria and abroad and we’re going to sustain it.”
Gawuna who also doubles as Deputy Governor of Kano State, while welcoming all the state’s contingents to the ancient city of Kano, through his secretary General, Patrick Okpavurhe, has charged them to be disciplinded and play to the rules of the game just as he reminded them that they are all potential winners.
“I want to welcome all of you to the warm hospitality which Kano State is noted for.It’s also important that you make discipline your watch word and play with the spirit of fair play at the back of your minds.
” You must avoid winning at all cost because all of you are winners and I want to assure you that all logistics have been put in place by the Kano State Government for the successful hosting of this year’s tournament.”
The competition which kicked off on February 13, 2020 with more than 20 states would be rounded up on February 21, 2020.
Apart from football event, there will also be athletics 4 by 100 relay event at the week long competition.