His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has described the players of Nasarawa United as heroes for their wonderful performance in the Federations Cup where they lost out in the finals to FC Ifeanyi Ubah recently .
Gov. Almakura who hosted the players, management and supporters club to a wonderful reception and dinner described their play at the finals as that of champions that will always be winners.
He assured them of the government’s continuous support stating that the government would do the following:
Pay all their outstanding allowances
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries, the governor said the gesture is in fulfillment of his promise to the players at the Confederation cup final match against FC Ifeanyi Ubah.
The Governor maintained that the team has made Nasarawa State proud and encouraged them to keep faith and put more efforts next time, he praised the soccer artistry of the NUFC during their final match against FC Ifeanyi Ubah at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Sunday in Lagos.
The Governor also commended the Technical Crew of the NUFC for the tactical preparation of the team and the technical inputs that ensured that the team reached the final stage of the competition.
In various speeches the Rt. Honourable Speaker Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi , HRH the Emir of Lafia Alh. Dr. Isa Mustapha Agwai thru the Madakin Lafia and the Hon commissioner of Sports Isahq Galadima all hailed the history making efforts of the team and also described them as true sports ambassadors of the state, calling them champions for their performance in the finals. Where HRH the Emir of Lafia gave each player a complete set of traditional attire (Baban Riga) for their performance and making the state proud.
Also speaking the on behalf of NUFC the Club Chairman Barr. Issac Danladi and the team coach Kabiru Dogo thanked the state government and the fans for the financial support, moral support and confidence which had made the team rise to greatness. Each giving their assurance to the Governor and the fans that the teams would look towards better outings next season.
Nasarawa United goalkeeper, Suraj Ayeleso was voted as the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Federation Cup.
Ayeleso didn't concede a goal in the cup completion!