By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
As the 2019 Aiteo Cup finals billed for next Wednesday, 24th July at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna draws nearer, the host state FA Chairman, Hon. Sharreeff Kassimu has assured a memorable and hitch free event.
He made the declaration at his office when he spoke to newsmen who sought to know the readiness and preparedness of the state FA in terms of security, organization and other logistics to ensure a near perfect event.
“It is no longer news that Kaduna has been anointed to host the oldest football competition in Nigeria now known as the Aiteo Cup for both the male and female categories and we are more than ready to host because it is a great honour and privilege to be recognized.
” I want to graciously thank the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) under the amiable leadership of Mr Amaju Pinnick for the giant strides in developing football at all levels in the country.
“Let me assure everyone travelling from far and near that Kaduna is safe and ready to host the best ever Aiteo Cup finals in terms of adequate and effective security, crowd control and other logistics to ensure a hitch free final before, during and after,” he said.
He further explained how far the state FA has gone with security arrangements;” Two days ago, we wrote to the Kaduna state Commissioner of Police requesting for certain number of Policemen, and I’m happy to inform you that our request have been granted as ninety (90) Policeman would be on group next Wednesday. In addition to that, we have also made arrangements for Civil Defence, Civilian JTF and FA security as we expect a capacity crowd at the Ahmadu Bello stadium for the finals.
The Kaduna state Football Association Chairman who was recently reelected for another four year term shed more light on Niger Tornadoes preferred choice of Kaduna as venue for their home matches in the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup competition;
“I can confirm to you that Niger Tornadoes will play their CAF Confederation Cup home matches in Kaduna and at the Ahmadu Bello stadium to be precise. We have received an official letter from the NFF to that regard and some officials of Niger Tornadoes visited our Secretariat last week in Kaduna to also communicate same. Kaduna have certainly come alive again with interesting footballing activities”, he concluded.
Meanwhile, Niger Tornadoes arrived Kaduna yesterday, five days ahead of the men’s final and will have three training sessions at the Kaduna township stadium and a last session at the Ahmadu Bello stadium on Tuesday before the Wednesday’s final.