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Sports - April 20, 2024

Minster for sports development Sen. Enoh appeals to GTI to extend transformation to other sports

Officials of NFF, GTI and Ministry of Sports development at the partnership signing ceremony in Lagos.

By Amechi Obiakpu

The honourable minister for sports development, Senator John Owan-Enoh on Friday, April 19, 2024, appealed to GTI Assets Management and Trust Limited, strategic partners of NFF, to consider extending the transformation it has brought to the NPFL to other sports.

The Minister made the appeal at the official announcement/partnership agreement signing of the President Federation Cup, the most glamorous and oldest football competition in the country formerly known as Federation Cup.

Sen. Owan-Enoh who commended GTI for the breadth of freshness injected in the NPFL is optimistic that such will be replicated in the President Federation Cup.

“I am pleased with what GTI has achieved with NPFL. Their proposal and impressive track record as leading investment banking firm in Nigeria with expertise in sports management and development convinced us of their suitability for this partnership.

“I am confident that this collaboration between the NFF, GTI and the Ministry of Sports Development will restore glory, increase viewership and breathe new life into the President Federation Cup.

“With the signing of this agreement with GTI, we aim to reestablish the renamed competition in the national and international football calendar, involving grassroots teams, creating employment for approximately 500,000 Nigerians, engaging over 100,000,000 football enthusiasts; rejuvenating talent pipelines , fostering national pride and showcasing Nigeria’s greatness globally,” the minister said.

In his address, Group Managing Director of GTI, Abubakar Lawal noted that his company has kick-started the transformation journey of taking Nigerian football to the next level with GTI involvement as strategic partners to the NFF on the Federation Cup.

“It is our vision that the oldest domestic football event becomes one of the best organised football events in the world in no distant future,” Lawal said.

While appreciating GTI for another bold step aimed at placing Nigeria football at the global map, President of Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau expressed happiness with GTI for changing the face of Nigerian Premier League even as he expressed hope that the involvement of the company in the Federation Cup will bring back the lost glory of the competition.

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