By Our Correspondent
Minister of Youth and sports Development Mr Sunday Dare alongside two ex-Internationals Daniel Amokachi and Joseph Yobo as well as President of Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Ibrahim Gusau and Musa Kida, Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF President were listed in the Hall of Fame Award for the year 2020 for their impacts in sports Development.
The Minister was applauded for initiating the Sports Industry Thematic Group of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and the breakthrough in creating the Nigerian Sport Industry Policy. This would completely revolutionize sports in Nigeria both in participation and revenue when fully operational. The impact would be felt hopefully in growing the national economy.
On his part, former Super Eagles coach, Amokachi was singled out following his appointment as Special Assistant to President Muhamadu Buhari. His appointment is expected to impact positively on sports Development.
For Yobo, former Super Eagles captain now assistant coach to Gernot Rohr, his appointment as Assistant National Team coach to Rohr is expected to restore confidence of home- based players and instil confidence in indigenous coaches.
The award is a result of the Independent poll conducted by former Athlete, Enefiok Udo -Obong.
Others who made the list include President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, BFN, Mr. Francis Orbirh, President of the Nigerian Basketball Federation Engineer Musa Kida for outstanding performance as administrators as well as AFN President, Ibrahim Shehu Gusau was recognised.
For successfully securing sponsorship for major athletics events in Lagos, Ijebu Ode, Kaduna and Remo, Ninlayo Sports Marketing Company was adjudged as the Marketing Company of the year. This is in recognition of its role in not only organizing major events, but securing sponsorship despite the economic crunch due to the outbreak of Covid- 19.
Also recognised is the League Management Company (LMC), the organiser of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL.