By Femi Atolagbe
The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, will be honoured with the Gold Cup Tourney Platinum Award on Saturday November 24, 2018 at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure.
General Coordinator of the Pre-season mini-league, Tunde Shamsudeen said: “In recognition of Governor Akeredolu drive to empower youths in his state via sports, we have deemed it fit to honour him.
“The essence is geared to spur the Governor to do more for sports especially football in the State .”
Also, Dr Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), a Senator representing Oyo North, has been named the Grand Patron of the best organised pre-season mini-league and he will be given an award for his unflinching support for the Gold Cup.
“It would have been an understatement not to name Senator Buhari as our Grand Patron looking at his contributions towards the success of the Gold Cup Tourney.
“BAF, without taking anything away from other personalities has been our major sponsor. So it’s deserving we honour the former Crown FC of Ogbomoso boss.”
Former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, Technical Committee Chairman NFF, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Chief Executive Officer of Bet9ja, Hon. Kunle Soname and President of FC Ebedei, Barrister, Churchill Oliseh were named Patrons of the Gold Cup Tourney.
Meanwhile, Meritorius Gold Award will be presented to Barrister Seyi Akinwummi, first Vice President Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Shehu Dikko, Chairman, League Management Company (LMC), Chidi Offor, Independent Chairman
Nigeria National League (NNL), Alhaji Mohammed Akali, Independent Chairman Nationwide League One (NLO) and Olusola Ogunowo, Chief Operating Officer, Nationwide League One (NLO) for their laudable contributions towards the development of the domestics leagues in Nigeria.
The Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament is sponsored by distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), and proudly supported by Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee Member, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, foremost betting company, Bet9ja, Nigeria leading sportswear firm, ‘Owu’, Play Sportswear, Ekiti State Football Association, Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation, Sportspro, New-Bell Global Investment, 11th Media Global Concept, Phreestyle Sports and Vomoz Mobile.