By Emma Jemegah

• L-R: Chairman/CEO, Yanga Games,  Derrick David Kentebe presenting agreement letter to Minister of Sports, John Owan Enoh in Lagos


Towards creating a new dawn for Nigerian Sports,  the Federal Ministry  of Sports has signed a landmark  agreement with top lottery  company Yanga Games to raise the revenue profile of the Ministry  and ensure a new deal for the welfare of athletes.

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Speaking during the unveiling  of the partnership between  the Ministry  and  Yanga  Games in Lagos on Friday,  Chairman/CEO of Yanga Games, Mr Derrick  David Kentebe said “We are so super excited by this opportunity to work  with the Ministry of Sports Development to change the narrative about Sports in the country. We see opportunity for marketing our athletes  and sports generally. We shall avail ourselves  the best use of this unique and  special partnership. We shall pursue this mandate with vigor, passion and unrivaled  commitment  to bring benefits to all the critical stakeholders.

The agreement according to Kentebe  will provide support for retired athletes, enhance grassroots sports development and advance the potentials of special athletes.

He assured that “Yanga Games has the capacity to raise funds on behalf of the Ministry of Sports for athletes  Development, endorsement and sponsorship deals for athletes.”

Minister of Sports, Senator John Owan Enoh assured that the Ministry has total and absolute  confidence in Yanga Games to deliver on the given mandate. “Gone are the era when we depended solely  on government  to fund sports  development. We are partnering with  YangaGames to bring maximum  benefits  to the athletes and all critical stakeholders. We shall give institutional encouragement and support to the Management of Yanga Games to succeed in this onerous task of rebuilding our sports sub sector.”

Kentebe said: “We shall raise about N34 billion in the next four years to assist athletes and improve sports in the country. We shall help to develop  grassroots sports and sustain youth involvement through raffle draws, fund raiser and other avenues.