An investigative news magazine in Nigeria , VERBATIM has selected Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia Chairman, High Chief Emeka Inyama as its Sports Administrator of the year 2017.
In a letter conveying the message to Chief Inyama, the Board of Editors of the magazine said the award is in recognition of his leadership qualities and contributions to Sports development in Nigeria.
“the leadership award is a platform by Verbatim Magazine to appreciate and celebrate accomplished and successful men and women in various fields of life, with input from core stakeholders in Nigeria. For personalities in the public and private sector of the country, the award is specifically for those who have distinguished themselves and provided excellent leadership services in specific areas of work”.
“Your nomination is in recognition of your leadership roles and top level contribution to the development of Sports in Nigeria, the high point of which is, today, is your unparalleled accomplishment in reform and turnaround of a relatively unknown Football Club (Abia Warriors) to a big player in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), within the short period you have been in the saddle as Chairman ” the Magazine said in a letter signed by the Editor in chief Tobs Agbaegbu and Ibrahim Midibbo, the Chairman of the Board of Editors.
With over 37 years in Sports administration, journalism, and marketing, Emeka Inyama, is a household name in Sports Administration in Nigeria, founding Managing Editor/ CEO of the very popular National Sportslink , Nigeria’s first all sports newspaper that hit print run circulation of over 500000 copies weekly, General manager (Marketing) of the 2003 All African Games hosted in Abuja, General manager (Marketing) 2009 FIFA U. 17 World Cup hosted in Nigeria, Marketing Consultant of the 2005 Federation of African University Sports (FASU) Games hosted in Bauchi.
He was a one time Chairman of Abia State Football Association and also a one time Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Abia State.
Emeka Inyama was the first elected Chairman of the Nigeria National League (NNL), a period that saw various innovations that laid a solid foundation for the league body.
Since taking over the leadership of Abia Warriors FC, he has succeeded in transforming the team to one of the best managed Professional League Club in Nigeria with genuine interest in youth development. His administration saw to the promotion of the club to the elite division of the League. The club recently became the first Premiership Club in Nigeria to establish a functional Football Academy with emphasis on players in Junior Secondary Schools, and within the ages of 13 and 15 years.
The investiture on Chief Emeka Inyama and others awardees will hold on 26 February at the Shehu Yaradua Center, Abuja.
Rivers United unveil new playersRivers United have unveiled new players that will represent the football club in the 2018 football season.The unveiling ceremony took place on Saturday, January 13 at the club’s home ground, the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.Apart from the new players, chief coach, Ndubuisi Nduka was also unveiled on Saturday.Prince Aggrey, who was among the footballers unveiled expressed readiness to give his all to the ‘Pride of Rivers’ in the upcoming campaign.“I will wear the number ten jersey and I understand the responsibility that comes with that,” he told our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.“I think my contribution will act as a big plus to the team.“Most of the new players that have joined the club are good players; quality players and I believe we will contribute in making this club the best in Nigeria,” Aggrey stated.Also speaking after the unveiling ceremony, attacking midfielder, Ochowechi ‘Oche’ Salefu noted that he will look to replicate his displays from last season when he donned the strips Remo Stars, this term, at United.“I want to do even better than what I did for Remo Stars here at Rivers United,” Salefu stated.On his part, General Manager of Rivers United FC, Chief Okey Kpalukwu explained that it was imperative for the supporters and fans of the club to have a ‘proper glimpse of their new stars’ before the 2018 NPFL season officially kicks off.“We want to make this a tradition as our objective remains becoming the foremost football club in Nigeria.“It is very important that everyone involved with our football club gets a proper glimpse of their new stars before our first game of the season against El Kanemi Warriors on Sunday.“We want to do well in the 2018 season and everyone at the club, in all departments, is seriously going about their business to see that set objectives are met at the end of the season,” he stated.The unveiling ceremony was attended by the club’s technical manager, Stanley Eguma, co-ordinator general, Bashiru Badawiy, supporters club chairman, Comrade Franklin Owhor as well as supporters and fans.Rivers United will open her 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League campaign on Sunday, January 14 against El Kanemi Warriors at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.Newly signed Rivers United playersEmeka Nwabulu (Goalkeeper)Samuel Ganda (Right back)Bamba Bakary (Left back)Balogun Akeem (Centre half/Right back)Gbadebo Samson (Centre half)Ikeleji Bello (Centre half/Defensive midfielder)Sunday Afolabi (Defensive midfielder)Eneji Otekpa (Midfielder)Koffi Roland (Attacking midfielder)Morris Chebem (Attacking midfielder)Ochowechi ‘Oche’ Salefu (Attacking midfielder)Prince Aggrey (Forward)Samuel Akinbinu (Forward)Malachi Ohawume (Forward)Elum Sochima (Forward)Players recalled from loanRobert Cole (Goalkeeper)Obinze Godwin (Defensive midfielder)Warmest regards.Sammy WejinyaMedia Officer/Director of CommunicationsRivers United FCMobile: +234-806-347-3594Twitter: @RiversUnitedFC and @samywejinyaEmail: a
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