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Zamfara to restructure teams as United escapes relegation

United, which was comfortably leading the Globacom Premier League throughout the first round of the just concluded league season, managed to retain its ticket in…

United, which was comfortably leading the Globacom Premier League throughout the first round of the just concluded league season, managed to retain its ticket in the first division through a 9-0 home victory against Kaduna United.

Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, the Special Adviser to Governor Mahmud Shinkafi on Sports, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Gusau on Friday.

Aliyu said “the teams will be restructured to give way for private sector partnership in the funding and administration of football in the state.

“Sufficient funding and efficient management of the three teams, Zamfara United, Dallatu Strikers and Yarima Boys is becoming a huge burden on the state government due to its lean resources, occasioned by the global economic crisis.’’

He said the commission had opened discussions with some interested private organisations and individuals with the hope of attracting investment into the teams so as to meet their financial obligations and guarantee better performance.

Aliyu also said Zamfara united would shop for more players to replace the team’s loss of key players in the accident on Gombe road in February, which led to the death of a striker while five others sustained injuries.

He also said the state government would support the development of other sports through increased finances and concerted efforts at training talented young men and women in the various sports.

On the crisis that rocked sports administration in the state last year, Aliyu said all contending issues had been resolved.

He said stakeholders in the sports management have resolved to bury their differences

for the overall interest of the state. (NAN)