Kogi State election is scheduled to hold in October but the primary poll will take place later in July.
Baba-Ali, was the Managing Director of Team Nigeria to the Algiers 2007 All Africa Games where he sourced funds for the country’s athletes for the continental event.
He said the state of sports generally in Kogi required a change as he expressed concern over the fortunes of Kogi United Football Club and Confluence Queens. Kogi United are in the last position on the Nigeria National League Table with just six points from six matches.
Confluence Queens are fourth on the female football league table with three points from three matches. Baba-Ali said; “We have to drive sports professionally. I have knowledge of what to do to boost the two teams in the state.
The male team will have to move up to the elite class to attract bringing other top teams to the state and also to play in the continent.
“The female team is good and we are going to encourage them especially by bringing in private sector to provide the basic things.”
The gubernatorial aspirant is however thinking beyond football in his attempt to lift Kogi sports.
“We were 24th on the final medals table of the last National Sports Festival and that is not acceptable, we have to move up because we have talented youth all over the place who can make the state proud. All we need to do is to plan ahead and generally have a template for development of our youths,” he added.