By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The logo of a rebranded Kaduna United Football Club was unveiled at the Asaa Pyramid Hotels, on Friday, with several local and international stakeholders present.
The new logo, was unveiled by the Kaduna State Commissioner of Sports Development, Professor Kabiru Mato, assisted by Kaduna State FA Chairman, Honourable Sherreeff Alkassim, Chairman of the Club, Honourable Muktar Baloni, President NIgerian football coaches Association, Ladan Bosso and several other dignitaries.
In his goodwill message, Professor Mato said that the state government will give the club all the necessary support needed to excel.
Represented by the Director Sports Kaduna State, Alhaji Yakubu Ibrahim, he congratulated the club chairman for the efforts of rebirthing of Kaduna United.
He said they have been going through pressures from fans all over the state over the absence of Kaduna United from the league.
He was optimistic that the club will do well in the league.
“They have played a lot of friendly matches and I believe they will succeed,” he said.
In his remarks, Chairman of Kaduna United Football Club, Honourable Mukhtar Baloni said that the new management is made up of vibrant youth and are out to make a statement in NIgerian league.
He commended the management of the club for converting visions to physical reality.
Speaking further, he said that the club is for all Kaduna citizens and should be supported.
“We all know what is happening around us, the city is witnessing a rebirth and we decided on rebirth of the club. It is for all of us and our prayers and support are needed for it to succeed,” he said
He thanked Kaduna State SWAN Chairman, Comrade Isaiah Kemje Benjamin and pledged that they will not interfere with coaches decision or favouritism, vowing that they will make recruitment process of players impartial.
He also thanked Kaduna United supporters for their resilience.
” We assure you this is the beginning of a successful journey.
“I stand not just as Chairman of the board, but a current vice chairman of LGA. I will reach across local councils and ensure that development of sports is accorded at the grassroots,” he said.
Kaduna State FA Chairman, Honourable Alkassim Sherreeff in his remarks, said that it is a historic day for the State, with unveiling of the new logo, with potentials of the club going higher.
“With the experienced coach and crew we have, the sky will be the limit,” he added.
President NIgerian Coaches Association, Ladan Bosso in a goodwill message, said that it is his greatest moment to witness the unveiling.
“There is no club in premier league without a Kaduna groomed player.
“When Kaduna United was playing in the Premier League, I was always troubled when I have a match in Kaduna because of abundance of talents,” he said.
He therefore, advised the coaches to brace up, stressing that the sustainability of the team depends on them.
Earlier in a welcome address, Vice Chairman of Kaduna United FC, Mahmud Sanusi said that what has arrangements put in place so far on rebirthing of the club is commendable.
“We have been working for a while, trying to get players from around Kaduna, we invited teams from Kaduna metropolis from where we sourced players.
“It was a Herculean task to get the right players here in Kaduna.
“We are confident of the coaches managing the team, we believe we have made the right steps bringing them on board,” he said.
An International coach from Italy, Marcus said that logos are very important because they are the identity of clubs.
“The football team of your hometown gives you business card of your city, Kaduna United will make your city known world over,” he said.
He advised the team to be focused so that they can gain promotion to the premier league.
Marcus tasked the club management on setting up of football academies so that they can groom young players and keep them away from drug abuse and other vices.
SWAN Chairman Isaiah Benjamin in his remarks, assured that sports writers are delighted that Kaduna United is back on board.
He assured that SWAN will give the team maximum publicity.
He tasked coaches to choose players on merit, not based on favouritism or nepotism.
The rebranded Kaduna United is expected to feature in the amateur league.