At the weekend, the Association of Sports Veterans of Nigeria wrote to intimate Maigari of his imminent conferment with the award of Sports Achiever of the Year 2013, at the association’s traditional End-Of-The-Year get-together, taking place in Lagos on Friday this week.
Presenting the letter to Maigari in his office, General Secretary of the association, Mr. Paul Bassey, noted that in its 10 years of existence, the Veterans have not conferred award on any person.
“This will be the first time the Association will be conferring an honour on any one, since it came into existence 10 years ago. The reason is not far-fetched. As an interventionist body whose members boast of years of invaluable experience, we have occupied ourselves with behind-the-scene offer of pieces of advice and intervene when necessary towards the development of sports in Nigeria.
“However, the monumental achievements of the Nigeria Football Federation under your leadership has warranted this first in our modus operandi,” Bassey told Maigari.
Maigari graciously accepted the award while praising the efforts of the Veterans in intervening when necessary to see to the genuine development of sports in Nigeria.
He also promised to be personally present at the Veterans’ get-together to receive the honour.