Kwara Utd targets continental ticket

Date: 2015-03-13

The need to provide adequate security, control crowd and educate the fans on the rules of football was the highlight of the stormy stakeholders' session summoned by Kwara Unitedís management at the Conference Room of the Kwara State Stadium, as the club set a target for season.

Reviewing the circumstances that led to the team's relegation after the 2012/2013 season, and the situation which brought the team back to the elite league after the 2013/2014 season, the stakeholders believed that there was the need to guard the hard-earned elevation jealously, and also make the set objective achievable.

The Special Assistant on Sports Matters, Bashorun Kayode Bankole, who represented the state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, charged the supporters and fans of Kwara United to rally round the management, adding that government will continue to support the team to achieve set goals.

He said the commitment of government greatly assisted the team in getting promotion last season, and that government was ready to do more.

Describing the session as a strategic initiative, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Mrs. Rhoda Ajiboye appreciated the stakeholders for their contributions to the promotion course, adding that the meeting was to discuss ways on how Kwara United will make a huge impact in the 2014/2015 Premier League.

The General Manager of the club, Mohammed Haruna Maigidansama commended the state government for supporting the club, and also for providing the enabling environment for the team to flower.

He said that the target of the club was to win a continental ticket at the end of the season, adding that the good start to the league in Port Harcourt against Dolphins, where the team secured a draw, needed to be sustained.

He sought the support of the stakeholders in achieving the set objective, pointing out that their support made the difference last season.

Extensively discussed were issues relating to having violent-free games at home, all of which centered on the provision of adequate security, a systematic crowd control system, discipline on the part of the players and coaches, with the supporters and fans of the club advised to join hands to control the crowd during home matches.

Among the stakeholders who participated in the session are former Chairmen of Kwara United FC, former Kwara FA Chairmen, representative of the referees, representative of the coaches, security operatives, Kwara FA Chairman, Busari Ishola and his members, the Director of Sports in the state, Tunde Kazeem, General Manager of ABS FC, Alloy Chukwuemeka and Chairman and members of Kwara Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).

The stakeholders agreed to work together for the success of the team and other teams in the state.

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