Kogi state governor, Captain Idris Wada will today lead members of his executive council to the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, to formally declare close this year’s YSFON-organised U-17 Boys, President Unity Cup.
The week-long championship which kicked off last week will be round-off with the final match involving the host state and their counterparts.
To get to the finals, Taraba state defeated Bauchi 1-0 in the first semi-finals, while in the second semi-finals, the host state, Kogi, beat Kebbi state 2-1 to book a place in the finals.
According to the organizer, all arrangements had been concluded arrangement to ensure a successful final even as it stated that the presence of the governor in the finals would open a new chapter in the relationship between the state and YSFON as it continues to champion the development grassroots football in the country.
Meanwhile, President of Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria, Dr Nasir Gawuna and the Vice President, North Central of the Federation, Honorable Mustapha Allah-Dey has commended the Kogi state government for partnering with the Federation to ensure a hitch-free championship.
They told newsmen in separate interviews that there was need for other state governments to emulate the state and sponsor more YSFON tournaments in order to discovered hidden talents in the country.
The duo, while commending all participating states for exhibiting a high sense of discipline throughout the duration of the tournament, noted that the Federation, being the pioneer grassroots sports development body in the country would always ensure that age-cheats was not allowed in any of their competitions with a promise that next year’s tournament would be more glamorous.
“We are happy with the total organisation of the tournament and the kudos must go the the Kogi state government for its decision to partner with us to ensure a successful conclusion of this tournament.
“There is also the need to commend all the states that participated in the tournament for their high level of discipline throughout the duration of the tournament and while we urge other states to emulate Kogi state and partner with YSFON, we want to assure Nigerians that next year’s tournament will be more glamorous.”