The Ondo state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has been commended by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick for his support towards football development in the state, even as the state has been announced as the choice host of the NFF 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Pinnick gave the commendation at the International Conference Centre , The Dome, in Akure, during the unveiling of programmes of the Academy wing of the Ondo State Football Agency, (OSFA).
The unveiled programmes include the Goalkeeper Academy, Beach Soccer, Female League, U-15 Secondary School League and Community Shield, all designed to discover talents in the state. The NFF President submitted that Mimiko has continued to spend towards football development despite the harsh economic situation.
Congratulating Governor Mimiko on his government’s achievements in Sports, Pinnick, pledged the NFF’s support for the programmes of the state’s sports academy.
The Nigerian Football top shot also disclosed that the next Annual General Meeting of the NFF will be held in the state.
He declared:” by the power conferred on me as the NFF President, come October 2016, we will be having our AGM here”.
Responding, Governor Mimiko who thanked the NFF President for identifying with the state, promised to continue supporting football and sports in general.
The governor while reiterating his resolve to take youths off the streets said “you’re our today, you’re our future and we will do everything to safeguard you”.
Mimiko further charged the state’s football club Sunshine Stars players and officials who were also present at the event to put more efforts into their quest to win this season’s Nigeria Professional Football League.
He said “Sunshine stars players we are hopeful, put your hearts together, you must get it.”