14 April 2008

Nigeria: Katsina Govt Plans New Football Club

Katsina — Katsina state government is to set up its own football club, State Director of Sports (DOS), Alhaji Aliyu Muhammad Kofar Soro has announced.

To this end, he said a proposal has been submitted to the state government for blessing.

"If you could remember, Katsina state, which was created in 1987 is one of the states in the North West which has remained without a government own football club, since the former governor of Borno and former NFA chairman, Colonel Abdulmumini Aminu (rtd) set up Katsina United Football Club in 1994 but later disbanded it" he said.

When speaking with newsmen in Katsina, Alhaji Kofar Soro said the setting up of the government owned football club is to emulate other state governments who are making names, as well as to empower the youths of the state through sporting activities like football.

On the efforts to boost sporting activities in the state, the director said plans are underway to rehabilitate existing sporting facilities located in different parts of the state.

He said that adequate budgetary provision has been made this year to rehabilitate and even upgrade some facilities while calling on philanthropists and private companies in and outside the state to assist government in its effort to develope sports' so as to empower youths in the state.

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