Abuja - Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Jigawa State, Bala
Ibrahim Mamsa has lauded the organization of the just concluded Nationwide
League One division three zonal playoff across eight centers in the country,
adding that Nationwide League football should be restricted to young players
Mamsa, who was on ground in Kano to cheer Rising Stars FC of
Jigawa to victory in the play-off in that zone, said on Thursday that
he was thrilled with soccer artistry exhibited by the two
finalists; Funtua FC of Katsina and Rising Stars FC of Jigawa, stressing
that players above 20 years should not be allowed to play in the Nationwide
"I am overwhelmed with what I saw here today (Thursday);
these boys made my day. I do not regret coming here to watch this game, in
fact, the Nationwide League deserves our total support.
Also read: Kogi United rejects ruling on Adamawa match, set to appeal
"You see, with the coming of Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah into
the Nationwide League and the passion of the NLO Chairman, Alh. Ahmad Kawu, as
well as the good work by the Secretariat anchored by Olushola Ogunnowo, the sky
is your limit.
"However, I want to advise that from next season only young
players below the age of 20 years should be allowed to play in the Nationwide
League," he said.
As for Rising Stars players who emerged the overall winners in the
Kano centre, he said: "I will take the message back to my boss, the
Executive Governor of Jigawa State, and I'm very sure that he will reward them
accordingly for making the State proud."