Newly elected Nigeria Football Federation Chairman of Chairmen have showered praises on the Unity Preseason Tourney organizers for putting together a successful preseason event in Abuja.
EFCC FC of Abuja emerged as the latest winners of this tournament, defeating Nasarawa United in a penalty shootout
The second edition of the Unity Preseason Tournament has been described as one of the highly competitive football showpieces in the North Central because top clubs in Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) and Nigeria National League ( NNL), within the circuit of this Geopolitical zone, have made it a point of reference, for preparing themselves, ahead of the new season(s) respectively.
In a phone conversation with Comrade Ahmed Yusuf, who had engagements with other grassroots activities in his state but who remotely observed about 75% of all the games at the Unity Preseason event this year.
Fresh euphorically maintains his commitment to the Unity Cup project while hailing the idea behind the event as he shares his views on the event.
“Unity Preseason Tourney is platform for Nigerian clubs through which opportunities are provided to test the readiness of the new players and equally asses them. I followed all the updates from the beginning and I am confident, the purpose of this preseason tournament is being achieved without hyperbole” he noted but continued by saying;
“The organizers sought for my contributions and I picked up the Medical aspect, because that area is usually neglected in organization of football event.
“It’s noteworthy to make Medical personnel services available at Match venues, even though, no body prays for a mishap but as someone who organizes grassroot events, I don’t pay less regard to the Medical units, so that the entire Football program wouldn’t be stained with an emergency, and to avoid anything that can vitiate it as well” he said, while cogently explaining his unavailability at the finals.
“I was invited to watch one of the Quarter final matches on Thursday but I rain-check it because of the final but painfully, I didn’t grace this year’s final as I had to join other NFF’s executives at Ibadan on national assignment,” said the Former NFF Technical and Development Committee Chairman.
This year, the Unity Preseason Tourney featured four groups with 13 teams, and games were held at both Area 3 and the Area 10 football field.