The Sun World Cup seminar excites sports administrators
Barely one week to The Sun World Cup seminar holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, sports administrators and stakeholders have shown excitement at the event.
With theme: “That Super Eagles may excel in Russia 2018 and Beyond,” the seminar, holding on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, will be hosted by the Rivers State government at the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt. The seminar has been endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Sports and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The seminar will address well-thought-out topics that would help the Eagles’ campaign in Russia and football in the country. Such topics as: “Super Eagles: Towards a Successful Russia 2018 Campaign” and “Galvanising Support for the Super Eagles: The Role of Government, Media and Other Stakeholders,” have been carefully selected and assigned to ex-Super Eagles coach, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and Mallam Danladi Bako, former Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Expressing his delight at the seminar, one of the best sports technocrats in the country, Chief Patrick Ekeji, who confirmed his participation, said the seminar was timely.
He remarked that the choice of Chief Onigbinde and Mallam Bako as speakers was great as “Baba Onigbinde is a man that has seen it all in our football. Danladi Bako is a veteran broadcaster that has been involved with football for over three decades. I think we are in for a good event.”
A member of the 2002 World Cup national team, Julius Aghahowa, applauded The Sun for organising the event, saying results of the previous Nigerian appearances could have been better if brainstorming seminars like the one being organized by The Sun had taken place.
Aghahowa remarked: “I’m not surprised this is coming from the stable of The Sun. It’s a laudable idea, which all well-meaning and football loving Nigerians should support.
“I also hope other corporate bodies could emulate the newspaper outfit and provide the team with all the supports they need to soar at the World Cup. So, I commend the organisers of the seminar.
Journalist-turned football administrator, Emeka Inyama, also praised The Sun for organising the seminar, adding that the events would help in the advancement of the Nigerian football team for better performance next month at the World Cup and even beyond.
Said he: “The Sun has won my heart. I have no excuse not to be in Port Harcourt for the seminar.”
Mallam Nasir Danladi Bako, who will present a lead paper at the seminar, expressed deep appreciation for the gesture of The Sun in organising the seminar.
The seminar is very timely and a bold attempt at galvanising public support and awareness for Super Eagles, he said.
Commending the organisers, Bako, the originator of ‘Morning Ride’ and Master Sports on NTA2, said: “More importantly, the effort is a brainchild of one of Nigeria’s most widely read newspapers.”
National Chairman of Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club, Reverend Samuel Ikpea, said The Sun World Cup seminar was coming at the right time.