Chairman of Nigeria Professional Football League Club, Nasarawa United, Isaac Danladi, received a Merit Award as ‘ICON OF GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT’ on Tuesday, November 15, 2022
He received the award for the Club Chairman’s excellent and meritorious service to humanity and football development. The chairman contributed his services both in Nasarawa State and beyond. The award was presented to him by officials and players of Akabe Football Club, Doma.
Coach Mohammed Isah Zuma led the officials and players. The State’s Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe, supported them. The event happened at the Conference Hall, Office of the Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Shendam road, Lafia.
According to the leader of the delegation, Coach Mohammed Isah Zuma, the impeccable track records and result-oriented charisma of Danladi in turning around the fortune of the Club for the better in the Nigeria domestic elite league and his relentless support for the growth and development of grassroots talents in the State premised the award.
Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s Office, Stephen Dogo, presented the award to the chairman on behalf of the Deputy Governor, disclosing that the recipient is a workaholic, experienced and an achiever.
He added that the State is proud of Isaac Danladi for constantly defying the odds to keep the State-owned team floating in the elite league.
Dogo assured that Government would continue encouraging sporting activities and relevant stakeholders to thrive in the State.
He called on the award recipient to utilise every opportunity given to him to do more for the sake of humanity.
After receiving the award, Danladi expressed joy for being found worthy of the honour.
Isaac Danladi stated that he truly appreciates this wonderful gesture done to me today by Dr Akabe.
He expressed his sincere gratitude to the Coach and his team. Especially, Danladi mentioned Tafida for finding him fit and proper to give this award.
Further, he stated, “In recent times, I have received so many awards, but I want to say that this is the most treasurable and valuable award I have ever received.
“I am touched, even though I have been doing what I am doing seamlessly, not knowing some people are sitting somewhere and appreciating what I am doing.
Isaac Danladi stated that This award would spur me to continue to do my best in the interest of football in Nasarawa State and the diaspora, as well as humanity generally.
“I have been following up with the activities of Dr Akabe and other local clubs. We are blessed with an abundance of talents, and as we progress, we shall be asking for those talents to team up with us at Nasarawa United or its equivalence.
“I wish to state that I will continue to offer my unalloyed support to Akabe FC and other grassroots Clubs in any way possible for them to grow.”
He thanked the Governor, Abdullahi Sule, and his Deputy, Dr Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe, for providing him with the right environment to carry out his duties unhindered.
Isaac Danladi expressed that he couldn’t have succeeded today in this Club without the support he received from the Executive Governor and his wonderful Deputy.
“My little way of paying back for all these two great mentors have been doing for me is to galvanise support for their re-election during the 2023 General Elections.
“Having said that, I wish to dedicate this award to God Almighty, Governor Abdullahi Sule and Deputy Governor Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe because they made me who I am today.
“I also send my warmest appreciation to the players, coaches and supporters of Nasarawa United FC because without them, there won’t be me as chairman.
“I will continue to be loyal and dedicated to the mandate given to me by this beautiful administration.
“May God replenish your efforts in many folds.”