As preparation for the Nigeria National League (NNL) season gathers momentum, the Management of Niger Tornadoes football club of minna held a meeting of Management alongside the heads of the Technical Crew, Team Doctor, Legal Adviser, as well as other Coopted Management Members at the clubs Office, Niger State Ministry of Sports Development, Minna.
In his opening remark the Chairman of the Club Hon. Adamu Aliyu Mohammed explain the need and importance of the meeting, especially as the new league season is expected to commence any moment.
He said, while the team awaits directives from the authorities for the commencement of the season, there is the need for every stakeholder in the project Niger Tornadoes to contribute his/her quota towards striking the needed balance to be able to gain promotion back to the elite division “where the team belongs” as mandated by the State Government.
He expressed sadness over the manner, the preceding season ended… “last season was a colossal damage to us as a club, after we expended so much in preparing a team, where we retained ‘A’ Grade players because of our mission and per took in major pre season tournaments in the Country, presently the defending champions of the Ogunjobi Gold Cup Pre-season competition”… We hit the ground running after grabbing two wins and a draw to top the NNL Table, even after playing the fewest number of games compared to other teams in our group, that played up to five matches before the season ended, abruptly, due largely to … 1, lack of sponsorship of the NNL 2, the Corona Virus Pandemic which put a halt to most activities all over the world”.
Briefing the Management, the Chairman explained that he recently led some management members to appear before the State Assembly Committee on Sports, just like other MDA’s, to give detail explanations on the clubs record of expenditure during the period under review.
While expressing his major concern, which is funds, as the club prepare for the new season, Adamu Aliyu called on the management to unite under one umbrella, in spite of the financial difficulty, saying, the challenge is not peculiar to Sports alone, but a sacrifice everyone must endure under the current circumstances and to work harmoniously so as to achieve the clubs promotion target.
He thereafter introduced to the other members, the new Welfare Officer of the Club, by name Umar A Wachiko describing him as a vibrant young man and charges him to discharge his duty diligently.
Briefing the management committee, the Technical Adviser Abubakar Bala Mohammed said the Technical Crew has submitted it report and program for the new season.
The Teams Doctor, Tasi’u Ibrahim also explained that the Medical Department is doing everything possible to ensure that the Team adhere strictly to the covid-19 protocols as ordered by the NFF as part of the requirements for clubs participating in the NNL.