No fewer than 30 ex Nigeria international footballers, coaches and sports administrators who have made their mark in contributing to the game of football in Kaduna and the nation were on Sunday honoured by immediate past Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Sani Saleh.
The well attended event was held on the sidelines of the Senator Sani Saleh Peace and Unity Cup, played at the Ungwan Yelwa Primary School Football Field in Kaduna.
Thousands of spectators that watched the thrilling match between star studded Narayi Team inspired by Efe Ambrose were surprised during the half time, to see players and officials that have made Nigeria proud in the past, called up to receive awards.
Some of the notable recipients are ex internationals, Emmanuel Babayaro, Garba Lawal and Ishaya Jatau.
Wife’s and children of some deceased players and officials were also presented with bags of rice, gallons of vegetable oil and cash awards.
Earlier, Efe Ambrose had presented an authentic version of his jersey to Senator Sani Saleh as an appreciation for his contributions to development of football at the grassroots.
Top dignitaries spotted at the event were former Kaduna State FA Chairman and Commissioner of Sports, Honourable Shehu Adamu, former Kaduna United Chairman, Honourable Sabo Babayaro, former Chairman Chikun Local Government Council, Hajia Hadiza Yahuza and President GRASOF, Kaduna State FA Chairman, Hon Sheriff Alkassim, Kaduna FA Secretary, Abdusallam Jere and GRASSOF President, Honourable Babami Danlami.
At the end of the competition, winners are expected to win a brand new Sharon Space Bus, runner-up will smile to the bank with one million Naira, while second runners-up are expected to get N500,000.
Matches of the competition are rotated among three pitches; Chawai Road Primary School Tudun Wada, Kawo Primary School and Ungwan Yelwa Primary School.
The match between Narayi and Sabon Gari ended in a goalless draw after both teams failed to convert chances.