First Lady of Adamawa State, Dr. Halima Nyako, has commended Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of quality food products for promoting Parasoccer game in Nigeria.
The first lady made the commendation during the presentation of medals, gifts and championship cups to the winning teams at the just concluded 2012 Parasoccer tournament in Lagos, remarking that, the game will go places in Nigeria and eventually Africa, She also noted that there is ability in disability and hoped that more teams will join the tournament.
Eight teams, namely TC Warriors, Lead United, NAS Warriors, Premium Sports, Kwara State United, Plateau State, Adamawa State and Nassarawa State featured in this year’s tournament.
NAS Warriors, a team led by Yeni Kuti, daughter of popular Afro beat singer, Fela Anikulapo emerged the winner of the 5th edition of the tournament displacing TC Terrors - four times winner in the finals while Adamawa State emerged as the second runner up of the event which was held at the National Institute for Sports (NIS) Gymnasium at the National stadium, Lagos.
Managing director of Promasidor, Chief Keith Richards, said the company is always willing to assist its host communities, and that the physically challenged in the society should be assisted; adding that it is a cause which the company is committed to.
Promasidor Nigeria has been sponsoring the game for about 5 years running since it was initiated. The company took a leap of faith in the game even at a time when the game had no public awareness and acceptance.
Mr. Theo Lawson, chief executive officer of Total Consult – the facilitator of the game, also commended Promasidor for sponsoring the game, adding that, the company has demonstrated exemplary traits of a responsible corporate citizen worthy of emulation by all.
"Promasidor Nigeria has demonstrated exemplary traits of a responsible corporate citizen worthy of emulation by all. May their source not run dry, even as they continue to come out to be counted for Parasoccer, year after year", Lawson said.
Parasoccer is a game of soccer played on skateboards by physically challenged persons. It was founded in Nigeria by Alhaji Musibahu Lawan Didiand it is presently spreading across the country as well as other countries in West African sub-region.
In June 2006, the Federal Ministry of Sports and Social Development approved the Para Soccer Federation of Nigeria to serve as an autonomous Federation of Nigeria and a medal scoring event at the National Sports Festival subsequently.