Ministry of Sports Unveils Partnership with Yanga

Towards creating a new dawn for Nigerian Sports,  the Federal Ministry  of Sports Development, has signed a landmark  agreement with  top lottery  company Yanga Games to raise the revenue profile of the Ministry  and ensure a new deal for the welfare of athletes.

Speaking during the unveiling  of the partnership between  the Ministry  and  Yanga  Games in Lagos yesterday,  Chairman/CEO of Yanga Games, Mr. Derrick  David Kentebe,  said: “We are so super excited by this opportunity to work  with the Ministry  of Sports Development to change the narrative about sports in the country. 

“We see opportunity for marketing our athletes  and sports generally . We shall avail ourselves  the best use  of this unique and  special partnership. We shall pursue this mandate with vigor, passion and unrivaled  commitment  to bring benefits to all the critical stakeholders,” Kentebe assured sports stakeholders at the event.

The agreement, according  to Kentebe, will provide  support for retired athletes, enhance grassroots  sports development and advance the potentials of  special athletes.

He further pledged that: “Yanga Games has the capacity to  raise funds on behalf of the Ministry  of Sports for athletes  development, endorsement and sponsorship deals for athletes.”

Kentebe  said “ We shall raise about N34 billion in the next four years to assist athletes and improve sports in the country. We shall help to develop  grassroot  sports and  sustain youth involvement  through raffle draws, fund raiser and other avenues,” he further assured all.

Also speaking at the event, Minister of Sports, Senator John Owan Enoh, expressed the sports ministry’s total  confidence  in YangaGames to deliver on the given mandate. “Gone are the era when we depended solely  on government  to fund sports  development.  We are partnering   YangaGames to bring maximum  benefits  to the athletes and all critical stakeholders.We shall give institutional encouragement and support to the Management of  Yanga Games to succeed in this onerous task of rebuilding our sports sub sector.”

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