By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
In recognition of their contributions to Nigeria Football, the Nigerian Mascot has decorated the Nigeria Football Federation Board member and Chairman of the Referees Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, and the President of the Nigeria Referees Association, Alhaji Tade Azeez, with its sports excellence awards.
Fresh who doubles as the Chairman of Niger State Football Association was described as the hope of the grassroots in Nigeria football for his positive impact on the development of the game in grassroots communities.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Mascots Adekunle “Kunu” noted that Fresh represents hope hope of the youth.
“He is a man that has passion for Nigeria football. More so, he invests his resources on the youth irrespective of your background. He is a true Nigerian and we need people like him for the betterment of football in this country.”
On the recognition for the President of Nigeria Football Referees Association, Tade Azzez, “Kunu” said he is simply an “Iroko of Nigerian Referees. A man whose passion and commitment to the development of Nigerian football and the excellence of referees has helped so much in the Nigeria league reforms.”
Also recognized was young journalist, Olaoluwa Aro of Independent Television Abuja who was given a special birthday card.
The Nigerian Mascots are known for their passionate followership of sports in Nigeria with beautiful painting and support of the National teams