Abuja - Aminu Maigari, the chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Thursday in Abuja pledged his association’s support for the football event of the annual NYSC Sports and Cultural Festival.
Maigari who was a guest at the event’s Grand Finale at the Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment said the competition was worthwhile because of its importance to youth development.
He also commended the organisers of the festival for the cash prizes given to the various winners.
"I commend the organisers of the festival for this youth initiative because this is all about youth development and it shows that our youths are engaging in different sports across the country.
"We, at the football house, will continue to show our support for the success of the festival.
"And the cash prizes given to the winners is one of the ways to encourage youth participation in sports because they will be motivated to do more,’’ the NFF chairman said.
The 2013 festival had started on Monday, Feb. 3 at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja with sports and cultural activities.
The festival was created to, among other things, serve as a platform for corps members to interact, share ideas and further expand the frontiers of friendship and unity among them.
Winners at the grand finale received cash prizes of different amounts for participating in the march-past, volleyball, football and athletics events at the festival.
In the sports march-past, Anambra, Kogi and Kwara won the first, second and third positions for cash prizes of N50 000, N30 000 and N20 000 respectively.
Imo’s Bukola Abodunrin received N40 000 for winning the women’s 100 metres race, while Monica Nwasinoke from Lagos state got N30 000 for finishing second.
Gombe state’s Bridget Olorunmola received N20 000 for winning the third position.
In the men’s 100m, Usman Musa got N40 000 for coming first, Maxwell Nnaji got N30 000 for coming second and Adekanola Adegoke from Osun got N20 000 for coming third.
In the women’s 4 x 100 m relay race, FCT got N100 000 for winning the first position, Oyo state came second to get N70 000, while Ogun came third to get N40 000.
For the men’s 4 x 100 m relay race, Ebonyi came first to get N100 000, while Niger got N70 000 for the second position and FCT got N40 000 for placing third.
In the volleyball event, Delta who were winners got N200 000 with a complete set of jerseys, while Zamfara got N150 000 for second position and Kwara came third to get N100 000.
For the football event, Gombe state were winners with N300 000 to go with it, while Kebbi were second and got N200 000 and Kano state came third to get N100 000.
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