- Abia Warriors Management Board targets silverware this season
Laleye Dipo in Minna
As the new 2018 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) season is scheduled to kick off next weekend, the Niger State government has tasked its professional football outfit, Niger Tornadoes of Minna to win the elusive league title for the football loving people of the state.
In the more than 30 year history of Tornadoes FC it has been able to play only in the FA Cup once while it oscillated between 6th and 14th position on the league table since it gained promotion from the lower division.
The government gave the charge through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sports, Alhaji Mohammed Gana at the inauguration of the newly appointed eight-man management committee for the club.
The new management committee is headed by a one time Vice-chairman of the committee Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha Gawu with Alhaji Aliyu Muazu Kontagora as Secretary.
Alhaji Mohammed Gana also challenged the new management to ensure the club surpassed last season’s Federation Cup performance when it finished as runners-up to champions Akwa United on penalties.
The permanent secretary challenged the committee to eschew unnecessary rivalry and bickering saying “everyone should focus on his mandate and work in accordance with the schedule contained in your appointment letters”.
Alhaji Gana also told the committee to look inwards for other ways of funding the club, because government alone cannot fund the club adequately while also tasking them to be prudent in the management of funds disbursed to the committee.
The committee has Mallam Bello Auta Maikunkele as vice chairman; Usman Alfa Ziga is the Team Manager while Awwal Idris Baba is Welfare Officer.
Mallam Abdullahi Abdul Likita is the liaison officer with Alhaji A.U Sani Balarabe as the Marketing officer. A lecturer at the state-owned College of Education, Minna, Alhaji Abdullahi L. S Dangana is the Media Officer.
In a similar development, the Governing Board of Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has
challenged the players and officials of the team to go for glory in the NPFL and other competitions this season in order to justify the huge investment in the club.
In a communiqué issued in Umuahia after their first meeting of 2018, the Board noted that all the necessary assistance needed by the team to excel have been provided including the recruitment of experienced players and coaches to beef of the team pointing out they will have no reason not to meet the expectations of Abians.
The communique which was signed by the Board and Club Secretary, Oliver Ndife, welcomed the establishment of the club’s U13 and U15 academy teams expressing confidence that the academy boys will graduate to the main team in the nearest future.
While passing a vote of implicit confidence on the Chairman of the Club, Chief Emeka Inyama for the able way he has piloted the affairs of the team, the Board members further gave the green light to the Board Chairman to further overhaul and reorganise the team to his satisfaction as the kick off of the league season draws near.