The Annual Alhaji MK Usman Football Championship has yet again received a boost in the build up to it’s expansion from Local level to Zonal level.

Over the first weekend of the year, all the Local Football Council Chairmen within Niger State South Senatorial District were in Kudu, Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State to chart a way forward for the success of the tourney which scope is now being expanded.

In the inaugral meeting which was chaired by the Niger State Football Association Vice Chairman, Alhaji Yabagi A. Baba who is also representing the NSFA Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh,all the Chairmen from the 8 Local Government making up the Niger South District of the State were in attendance to deliberate and design a feasible and practical ways to achieve success in the first ever kind of Zonal Championship.

Alhaji Yabagi who is also the leader of the football stakeholders in the Zone commended the Sponsor , Alhaji Mohammed Usman Kudu for deeming it fit to expand the scope of the football fiesta which will among many other things unify all the zone football family and even the Nupe ethnic in general.

“This is the first innovation in Nupe Land and so we want it to be glamour filled”

While envisaging a successful tournament, he expressed his belief that the sponsor knew and realised the importance of football in the zone before considering the initiative.

Acknowledging among many other things the aims the tourney is set to achieve ,the football administrator noted that the football fiesta will foster unity within and beyond the zone and among the teams participating.

On the type of the championship, it was said that all the 8 Local Governments will present a team each with Kudu the hosting town also presenting one contingent making it a nine teams featured football event.

One of the resolution of the inaugral meeting was that , All the matches will be played at Kudu with the possibility of having three matches played per day for the preliminaries stage.

Also Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman Mokwa Local Football Council MLFC ,Mall. Abubakar Audu who also doubles as the Chairman Niger State Referees Council commend the Sponsor for his support to the cause of football development at the grass root level which by extension has helped in unifying all the angles of the local government in the past and now aiming at the Zonal level.

Contributing their own remarks, stakeholders commended and appraised the sponsor and also emphasised on the need for support from all the Stakeholders and the commitment of the Sponsor in providing all the requisites for the first ever kind tournament.

However it was lastly resolved that the date for the commencement of the tourney will be communicated to the public soon with the tournament draws holding a day before the kick off.

Also present at the meeting were the representative of the Sponsor, Members of the local organising committe and some of the board members of MLFC.

Yemi Sodeeq

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