The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has promised more government support for sports development in Nigeria.
Dare stated on Monday in Abuja while receiving the African WAFU B champions, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria and the all-conquering Scrabble team at the Minister’s conference room.
The minister said the discipline, dedication and commitment on the part of the players (football and scrabble) and the spirit of patriotism displayed by them led to their emergence as champions at the different regional competitions they have participated in.
He however commended the technical crew of both teams for setting the players on the path of successes which has brought honour and glory to the country.
Speaking while hosting the Flying Eagles, Dare called for discipline from all sides saying the government, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the technical crew all have roles to play to take Nigerian football to greater heights. He said Coach Ladan Bosso leadership qualities have been brought to the fore as he was able to lead his boys to success in Niger Republic. The minister however called on Bosso to keep the team together and promote team spirit among the players.
“I know why you went all out there, won your matches, came tops as the best team and brought home the cup. The efforts you have put in, the discipline and I think it is the discipline that has produced this result. The team spirit is strong, the leadership of Bosso we have seen what it has brought forth. I recalled when the NFF settled on Bosso, the media came down really hard but I want to thank the NFF for being steadfast. I am a believer in promoting and developing and supporting indigenous talents and indigenous coaches. We cannot have overnight success, we want to win but also we must give our own people, our own players the opportunity to also help this game grow, the future of our football is in the hands of these young ones (the players) minister stated.
The minister during his remarks while hosting the Scrabble team congratulated the team for bringing honour to Nigeria while renewing the commitment of the Sports Ministry to give more support to the scrabble federation and its players by organising more competitions.
Tribune Sports recall that the scrabble team won nine out of the 10 prizes available at the West African championship which was held in Accra, the Ghanaian capital.
President of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation NSF, Mr Olobatoke Aka the achievements recorded by his team was by virtue of hard work and discipline on the part of the players.