Maiden Iyan Zazzau Inter States Fives Competition Ends With Katsina Emerging Winners

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    Isa Mohammed Danladi Vice Chairman Kaduna State Fives Association fielding questions from newsmen during the competition on Saturday March 30, 2019.

    *sponsor wants game back in NSF

    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    Katsina State has emerged champions of the First Dan Iyan Zazzau Inter States Fives Competition, which ended at the Murtala Square, Kaduna on Saturday March 30, 2919.

    Hard fighting Katsina finished on pole position out of 13 states that featured, with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja finishing second.
    Kebbi State finished third in the competition which colourful closing ceremony same day, saw the winners go home with trophies and prizes.
    In an interview with newsmen after the competition, sole sponsor and the Vice Chairman Kaduna State Fives Association,  Isa Mohammed Danladi said that the competition was successful.
    “We are happy it was successful, we started successfully and ended successfully, we pray for safe journey for those that participated,” he said.

    Danladi explained that though this was not the first time they were holding similar competitions, it was the first that featured several states.
    “This is the third time doing this but it this is the first time we are doing a national open. The other three were interstate,” he said.
    He explained that It is aimed at reinvigorating the game of Fives which he said is dying. 
    “It used to be part of of the National Sports Festival (NSF). We are doing thisso we can get it back in the NSF,” he said.
    On the number of states that participated, he said he was impressed by the number of participants.
    “We have 13 states participating. I am satisfied, it is unfortunate that we have been getting little publicity in the sports, which also  led to its neglect.
    “For instance, Kaduna State was getting most of its medals from NSF in Fives,” he said.
    On the sponsorship of the competition, he said they had no choice but to do it themselves when no corporate organization took up its sponsorship.
    “We approached corporate organisations but no support, so I had to bankroll this,” he disclosed. 
    On plans to create awareness of the sports at the grassroots, he said they were in talks with the Kaduna State Sports Ministry.
    “We are trying with Kaduna Ministry of Sports to introduce this to secondary schools. We are trying to get it into southern Kaduna,” he said. 
    He added that playing friendly matches and competitions would further make the game more popular and improve it.
    “Publicity would also promote the game. I also thank the media for the support,” he said.

    On how much was spent financially in ensuring a successful hosting of the maiden edition, he said it was about one million Naira.
    It was gathered that states that participated included Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Niger, Abuja, Saduana Fives, Kada Fives and Squared Fives.

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