by SALIFU USMAN
The chairman of Akwa United Football Club, Paul Bassey has joined forces with other stakeholders in urging the federal government to facilitate the reopening of football activities, which was suspended since March due to the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Bassey, who made the call while receiving the report of a 5-man club licensing committee set-up by the management of Akwa United to inspect facilities at the Nest of Champions Stadium in Uyo as part of the requirements for the resumption of the new football season, said there are thousands of youths and their extended families, who depend on the business of round leather game for survival.
“I want to commend Governor Udom Emmanuel for making sure that Akwa United is not found wanting. Since March that the league was brought to an abrupt standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic, Akwa United is one of the few clubs that has remained committed to players’ welfare through the prompt payment of salaries and emoluments just like all other staff and civil servants under the employ of the state government”.
“We are determined to pay back when the league resumes by winning any of the two trophies at stake especially the NPFL trophy and then go on to represent the country in the continent,” he assured.
While congratulating the committee for delivering on its mandate, he assured that the report will be given due consideration.
“I want to really thank this committee for painstakingly carrying out this important assignment. Although we know that the Nest of Champions is well maintained and it’s the best in this country, your task was to go and ascertain the readiness of that stadium in preparation for the commencement of the new football season”.
“Before the League Management Company (LMC) visits, we will forward this report to help facilitate their task and to tell them how ready we are”.
“It’s true that many venues in this country are not good enough to host league and continental games but it’s our belief that with this type of inspection, things will change for the better.”