A total of 400 Non-League football players based in Lagos State are to receive COVID-19 relief package on Thursday and Friday this week.
NSF-USA Coordinator in Nigeria and Managing Partner of Sportflames Communications, Olatoye Olawale informed of NSF-USA gesture as a way of cushioning the effect of COVID-19 on players in the grassroots.
” The NSF-USA annually celebrates Nigeria’s Independence in diaspora with a football tournament in the United States, but could not hold one this year in Atlanta, GA due to the novel Coronavirus outbreak that has halted football activities globally.
“As a result of this, the Federation decided to distribute COVID19 relief packages to Four Hundred footballers in Ikeja and Surulere Local Government, to serve as support in this challenging time globally and also a Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) as a federation in diaspora”.
Also responding during a live interview on Kalo Live TV on the relief package, the President of the association Mr. Adetunji Aderemi and his Vice President Mr. Austin Okonkwo both expressed their delights at the gesture which they believed would go a long way at giving some kind of relief on the effect of the pandemic to the less privileged footballers in Nigeria.
“As we all know what has been happening across the globe concerning Covid-19. It’s been a difficult time around the soccer world and outside the soccer world both in diaspora and in Nigeria.The least we can say is that Covid-19 is hurting the economy ,including the sporting sector we can see the pains going on,particularly in Nigeria and we came together and decided to do something for our people back home in Nigeria,especially the soccer community that is why we formed the Covid-19 relief fund.We have five great men that is in charge of that committee to help us to decide and disburse the fund.So basically we are trying to give back to less privileged Nigerians. We know we can’t fully alleviate it but at least to ease off some of the pains they may be going through that is why we decided to give back to the community in Nigeria”. Adetunji said.
WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE ON KALO LIVE TV
A courtesy visits to the Executive Chairmen of the two Local Government Councils Engr. Mojeed Balogun (Ikeja) and his colleague in (Surulere) Hon. Tajudeen Ajide and also with Executives of Ikeja and Surulere Regional Leagues will be held before Friday.
Distribution of the COVID-19 relief packages on Thursday (15th, October) and Friday (16th, October) at the Surulere Local Government and Ikeja Local Government councils at 11am respectively.