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[January 20, 2014]
Adenuga - Glo Has Stirred Up Rivalry in African Football
(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Chairman of leading telecommunications company, Globacom, Dr. Mike Adenuga jr. has said that Globacom's intervention in the game of football in Africa has stirred up keen rivalry among individual players, national teams and clubs on the continent.
In his statement at the 2013 edition of the Glo CAF Awards held at the Eko Hotel and Suites Lagos, Adenuga said that such competition has sharpened the skills of the individual players and technical quality of play of football in Africa, thereby pushing the continent to global reckoning.
"We have done this by not only sponsoring the premier leagues and national teams in some countries, but also by encouraging the players to excel through the special recognition at the Glo CAF Awards," he said.
Manchester City midfielder and Cote D Ivoire international, Yaya Toure emerged as African Footballer of the Year while Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi emerged Coach of the Year and the Super Eagles of Nigeria received National Team of the Year Award.
Also at the event attended by top sporting personalities in the continent, Executive Governor of Edo States of Nigeria, Adams Oshiomole and the Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Adenuga stated that over the years, the Glo-CAF Awards has firmly established a pedigree as the most colourful and the most credible celebration of the brightest stars in African football.
Other dignitaries at the event included Ghana's Minister for Communication, Dr. Edward Omane Bodmah, Ex Nigerian internationals, Victor Ikpeba, Segun Odegbami and Mutiu Adepoju; CAF Executive Member, Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana), Nigerian Football Federation President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, Super Eagles chief coach, Stephen Keshi and Chairman House Committee on Sports, Honorable Godfrey Gaiya. Others include; MD Guinness, Mr. Seni Adetu, and the Senate Committee Chairman on Sports, Senator Adamu Gumba and several top musicians and actors.
"It is an awards ceremony made in Africa to reward outstanding Africans. It is a ceremony organized with zest and panache by the highest authority in African football and sponsored exclusively by one of the most authentic indigenous African telecoms brands, Globacom" he stated.
The Glo CAF Awards Gala recognises and honours talented Africans who have excelled in the beautiful game of football and contributed to the smooth administration of the game in Africa.
Adenuga called on the winners to push beyond the limits and pleasantly surprise the world with their outstanding performances in the coming years.
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