Former NNL Chairman and NFF Executive Committee Member, High Chief Emeka Inyama, has poured praises on the board of the Nationwide League One over the organization of the inagural NLO/ Ikukuoma Super Cup in Ihitte/Uboma.
The tournament hit its climax on Saturday with Tudun Wada and Ave FC set to spark fireworks at the final billed for the Uboma Secondary School Stadium complex.
Inyama while urging the NLO to remain consistent in its drive to rebrand Nigeria’s football foundation said.
“I’m impressed with what I’ve seen, watched good football, seen talented young players and off course a wonderful facility. The matches have been fantastic for the level of football. This is how it should be, as football in Nigeria has to be foundational.
“I want to give credit to the Nationwide League One (NLO) for a top notch organization of the the U19 Youth League Super Cup. It’s also interesting that all the matches played have been live streamed for the world to see the quality of third-tier league.
“Big kudos to the NLO Board, Chief Operating Officer, Olushola Ogunnowo and every staff that have added one or two inputs to the successful hosting of the NLO/ Ikukuoma Super Cup in Ihitte/Uboma. I think from here, the NLO should take it to the next level as step-by-step, our football will be back.”
The former Abia Warriors boss who drove from Umuahia-Abia State to Ihitte/Uboma in Imo State to watch one of the second round matches, was amazed at the level of things on ground.
“I’ve been on a short break away from football, and just returned to the country from abroad, so I learnt of the tournament and off course decided to hit the road to Ihitte/Uboma.
“Don’t forget that am into grassroot football as I founded one of the best football school in the country, this is the next level for them. My trip here too will avail me the chance to also learn one or two things from here, as learning never ends as its a continuous thing. So am impressed.
“Consistently over the years, the Nationwide League One management have done well. They have always set standards and raising the stakes as far as football at this level is concern.
“I must commend Ogunnowo for the brilliant job he and his team have done for the NLO, as they have made it the third-tier league a top football brand that Nigerians want to affiliate with. I just have one word for them, as that’s, they shouldn’t rest on their oars, as a lot is still expected.”