Sports Minister Commends Air Warrior Chairman On Basketball Development Initiative … Sponsor two Players to Tokyo Olympic …I will Spend my last kobo to Supports Basketball -Air Warrior Chairman

February 21 16:17 2020

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has
applauded the Chairman Air Warrior Basketball team of Abuja a private
individual not by government committing his resources for the
development of the sport in the country.
The elated Minister promised that the ministry will sponsor two of the
players to the 2020 Olympic Tokyo Japan to watch team Nigeria playing
as well introduce them to Olympic scholarship funds that will help to
support their education.
It will be recalled that 14 athletes home-based and Europe based have
been adopted by private individuals and corporations.
He gave this commendation in Abuja on Friday when he received the 2019
basketball national league champion in his office.
Minister reiterated that his administration’s interest in grassroots
and youth football development which he insists is the way to go in
order to achieve success in football and other sports in the country.
According to him, I very excited today, I am happy to receive the two
of them have made it to the national team; this team is full of hung
“The story is very compelling, this is their first time they will be
in National league and they came out unbeaten, no team has ever broken
that record that is hugely commendable.
“And also their narrative, supported by a private individual, not the
government, not the sports ministry that says a lot that private
sector can play a keep role developing our sports, develops talents
and also nurturing the athletes.
“On this point, we are going to make sure that NBBF works closely with
them, we are going to support them to remain a strong team. We intend
to take two of them to the Olympic to watch team Nigeria playing.
“As for the fine from FIBA Africa fined for the inability of the team
to travel for the continental event, we are working closely with NBBF,
it’s already settling the matter, the fine will be paid.
“For our sports to develop in the country, we need several AbudulMajid
(Air Warrior Chairman)   The ministry will sponsor an exhibition
match, we are going to write a team in Africa to play you in Abuja or
Lagos and we put it in TV for people to celebrate you.

On his own, the chairman of the Air Warrior Basketball Team Alhaji
Solademi AbudulMajid thanked Minister for the gesture saying that the
gesture will go a long way to even boost player’s morale
“It’s not easy, but with determination and focus everything will be
good, at a time I asked myself why am I doing this? We are Nigeria
championed, we couldn’t go to continental and we also received fine
but the Minister visit has changed the narrative so that even if it’s
my last Kobo, I will put it on this team and supports the people on
the street.”


Joel Ajayi

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