After Mikel Obi, Federal Government gives Odion Ighalo a new appointment

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Tuesday, June 22, named former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, an ambassador of the National Principals’ Cup.

CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, made the announcement when Ighalo paid him a courtesy visit at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, which is currently going through some rehabilitation works.

Dare explained that the Principals’ Cup used to be the engine room that supplied most of the country’s best players.

He said, “It gladdens our heart in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development when we see our great players excel in all parts of the world, this gives us a sense of national pride. You have stood tall with very good players around the world, I hope that other great internationals, not just football stars will follow in your footsteps by identifying with us on how to move forward.”

“Your profile and exploits in the field of play speak a lot and I think the climax in your career is the bold step you took to join Manchester United. I’m more excited that you played for the Under 20, under 23, and the Super Eagles in a very remarkable way. You have served this country faithfully and you will continue to be a good ambassador of this country.”

“It is of note that the Principal’s Cup which had been abandoned for 25 years was revived recently. The 2021 edition was just concluded in April with about 250 schools participating. This year’s edition is a test run to bring It back gradually. Right now, we not only have a Principal’s Cup but a National Principal’s Cup. As we roll into the second edition, we will be looking at 2,500 secondary schools participating.”

“To give it life, we came up with Flagship Ambassadors of the Principal’s Cup with Daniel Amokachi, Joseph Dosu, Mary Onyali, Tajudeen Disu picked as Ambassadors. You have also been appointed As National Principal’s Cup Ambassador to motivate our young students, ” he said.

In his response, the former Manchester United player thanked the Minster for recognizing him, he also promised to do his best in the new role.

“It’s a great privilege to see you sir, and I have been following up on what you’ve been doing, granting me a chance to see you means a lot to me. For the first time, we’ve seen sports moving forward as a business in Nigeria with your push and initiatives. Thank you so much for what you ate doing for sports development, “he said.

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