May 18, 2024

Nasarawa State Referee Council Pays State’s FA Chairman A Courtesy Visit

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By Sedara Philip

The Nasarawa State Referee Council led by its Chairman, Mohammed Isah Bala paid the newly elected Chairman of the Nasarawa State Football Association a courtesy visit at his country home.


In his speech, Mohammed Isah Bala congratulated Alhaji Salisu Usman Galadima on winning the State’s FA election with a wide margin, a feat which showed God had spoken through the people of the state.


Mohammed Isah Bala also used the opportunity to highlight some of the challenges facing the referee council as he appealed that Alhaji Salisu Usman Galadima use his office to help elevate the status of the council both within and outside the state.


“Based on track records as a manager, player a administrator in football affairs, you have exhibited the reason why many including us as a group chose you ahead of others’.


“You’re coming on board as the chairman didn’t come as a surprise. We knew your handwork, how you started, and how you are doing. We pray God to grant you more wisdom, knowledge, and more ability to pilot the affairs of the association”.


The Chairman Nasarawa Referee went on to highlight all the needs of an average Nasarawa State Referee and also the need to get more young people engaged in the referee world, although it will not be easy it is achievable, he revealed.


The widely traveled and highly experienced retired referee rounded up by indulging the FA Chairman to not relent but also try to help ease their mobility worries if only they can get a vehicle from the state government.


While thanking the Referee Council for their visit and good wishes, Alhaji Salisu Usman Galadima (Dan Iyan Kwandere) assured the Referee Council of his total support in putting the state’s chapter on the global map.


He revealed that he would help in any way he may fit to create an enabling environment for the Council.


“During our campaign, I made promises and one of them is that we’ll send thirteen coaches to the NIS and also support the referees to either their annual fitness program or paying for the registration, Transportation, or accommodations”.


Alhaji Salisu Usman Galadima (Dan Iyan Kwandere) concluded by saying he would hand the Referee Council a customized jersey for all its members.


Vice Chairman of the Referee Council, Usman Ibrahim in his votes of thanks appreciated the Nasarawa State Football Association Chairman for the privilege given to them to pay the courtesy visit despite the short notice and also promised that the Nasarawa State Referee Council will work hand in hand with the football association to promote football to the next level in the state and beyond.

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