Ganduje, Dare listed for Ramat Cup final as Bauchi, Kwara fight for trophy
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Sunday Dare, Director of Grassroots Sports Development, Dr. Ademola Areh, as well as Chairman of Directors of Sports, Tunde Kazeem are expected to lead other top government annual Ramat Cup organised by the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON).
The finals will hold today at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano with Bauchi State locking horns with Kwara to determine who lifts the giant trophy at stake at the weeklong competition.
To get to the finals, Bauchi defeated Rivers by 4-2 penalties after their game ended 1-1 at regulation time, while Kwara also recorded a 3-1 penalty shoot out victory over Kogi in the second semi-final match after their game also ended 1-1 at regulation time.
Speaking on the finals, YSFON National President, Yusuf Gawuna expressed happiness at the level of discipline displayed by the teams throughout the duration of the competition with a promise that the finals will be carnival-like.
“We at YSFON are happy that the competition which we started more than three decades ago to honour our late Head of State Gen. Murtala Mohammed is growing from strength to strength and we have through the championship and similar competitions organised by us discovered budding and talented players for the various national teams and we will continue to do that.
“It’s also important that I commend all the participating states and the officials for their level of discipline and playing to the rules of the game and I charge the finalists to exhibit the same sense of discipline and fair play in today’s finals’, he stressed.
Gawuna, who also doubles as the Deputy Governor of Kano Staten commended Governor Ganduje and the Kano state government for believing in YSFON just as he charged other states to emulate the state and sponsor their programmes, which he believes is for the benefit of Nigerian youths.