Retired Professional Footballers Engage Nentawe Yilwatda Who Promises To Professionalize Sports On The Plateau


Not too happy with the nose diving state of sports on the Plateau where sporting facilities are hard to come bye by sportsmen and women aspiring for greatness in their chosen field, ex professional footballers on the Plateau met with Plateau State APC Governorship aspirant, Dr. Nentawe Goshwe Yilwatda in Rayfield on Tuesday.

Leading these retired footballers who have not only represented the State but the Nation at large to huge successes, Victor Wikadsson, said their visit has nothing to do with politics but meeting an individual seen and known to have a heart for youths development and progress.
Wikadsson, the longest serving captain of Plateau United FC, who is now the Chairman of Coaches in Plateau State, continues: “The purpose of this visit paid on the Governorship aspirant is because we know him to be a lover of sports. Sports create alot of opportunities for everybody both the able bodies and the disables. We want him to see that he uses the sports industry to empower the youths on the Plateau.”

Also speaking, one of the first set of players that brought a global football glory to Nigeria, when they won the FIFA Under-16 World Cup in China in 1985, Sani Adamu, says: “We are here to make these politicians understand how important this sports industry is and include us we the sportsmen and women in their plans when they come on board. It’s better we make it clear now before they come into power and seeing them will be difficult.”

Other retired Nigeria league legends who had also seen it all nationally and Internationally at club level abroad; Bature Saleh, Kelechi Okoye, and Mohammed Jafar also spoke to, on their visit on the Plateau State APC Governorship aspirant, all saying Dr. Nentawe has all it takes to return and make Plateau State a Haven of Sports in Nigeria and worldwide, hence, the visit for him not to be distracted after making up his mind to empower the youths through sports especially football, which he is a staunch lover and follower.

An impressed and delighted Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, who couldn’t hide his joy, having the celebrated football icons in his house, said he’s mission and vision for sports development on the Plateau can never change.
According to him: “Plateau State is the mecca of sports especially football in Nigeria and we have resolved to make the State an envy for others worldwide when we come on board. What else can we say about this state blessed with great players, to the extent of producing three captains for Nigeria senior national team in the persons of John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi and currently, Ahmed Musa.”

He continues: ” To me this visit refreshes all the memories I have for the Super Eagles, Plateau United, Mighty Jets and other achievements recorded in other sports including the winning of the first NPFL league trophy under our current governor, Simon Lalong in 2017; hence, am charged with my team to do more not only for football, but other sports as well because is one of the surest way of meeting the youths at the point of their needs.”

About the Jos New Stadium which has been left uncompleted for the past 30 years, Nentawe Yilwatda says: “We have plan to complete that stadium and other needed sports facilities needed for sportsmen and women to thrive, because we fully understand the benefits the State and her people stand to gain when that stadium is finally completed. Just check our access agenda it will tell you that one of our critical things we want to put in place is sports facilities and it stands a very bright chance of been completed and getting the best out of it.”

Some of the retired professional footballers on that visit include:

Thomas Ekoja aka Ato Bailey, John Ssbo, Donatus Ekoja, Monday Yerima, Muazu Jesus, Sani Kangain, Sunday Iloanusi, Daniel Njoku, among others.


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