In a bid to turn the tide of grassroots sports development in the country for good, the National Executive Council for Youth Sports federation of Nigeria (YSFON) has appointed Kazolinks Sports Consult International Limited as one of it’s consultant.
Speaking during the event which held on Wednesday December 30th at M&M event centre,Ilorin
the National Secretery of YSFON, Patrick Okpavuerhe said the choice of Kazolinks was borne out of the desire of the voluntary non-profit sports organization to further strengthen it’s creed of promoting sports development.
Patrick noted that the organization which has been in existence for about 55 years after receiving the letter of partnership from Kazolinks decided to identify with the sports promotion and management outfit as they seek to harness potentials in all sports to the advantage of Nigerian athletes.
In his own remarks, the CEO of Kazolinks Sports Consult, Coach Tunde Kazeem who is the immediate past Director of Kwara State Sports Council noted that the purpose of the pact was to enter a mutual and beneficial relationship with YSFON in order to move sports at the grassroots to the highest level while consolidating on the efforts of the latter as a long standing organisation in building youth.
Noting among many other things, he stated that the partnership will ensure the production of high profile athletes for National and international podium success through ‘Talent hunt’ initiatives while also creating a comprehensive data base for them.
The seasoned sports administrator who partnered with Ogbomoso 10km Road Race added that the new vista will also aid a robust marketing and sponsorhip deals that will feed the bond sufficiently.
The Special Assistant on Youth and Sports development to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Attahiru Ibrahim who represented the Governor at the technocrats- filled programme commended the choice of Kazolinks by YSFON describing him as a man who knows and shows the way.
Among the dignitaries at the event were Alhaji Shehu Olushola, the representative of Commissioner for Youth and Sports development,Kwara State, Hameed Adio, an Olympian and former Commissioner for Sports in Kwara State, Dr. Steve Olarinoye, a retired deputy Director from the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alarape Atanda, Director of Kwara State Sports Council, Mallam Bola Magaji, President Nigeria Squash Racket Referees Association and Kwara SWAN Chairman, Jimoh Bashir.
Others are former Chairman Kwara United, Alhaji Haruna Ilerika Maigidasanma,Mohammed Abdulkadir, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Minister of Defence, who is also the Chairman Ilorin East YSFON, Kwara FA Chairman, represented by Hajia Segilola Alaya,Alhaji Ahmed Abdallah, YSFON National Welfare officer, Sportspro News Publisher, Bayour Issah, Sportspro News Photographer, Ojomu Idowu and host of others.