Organisers plead for more support, as pre-qualifiers begin tomorrow



It is that time of the year once again when the top golfers in the land gather at the Ikoyi Club 1938 to vie for honours and at the same time celebrate Nigeria’s strides in nationhood.

Events leading to the 20th in the series of the Nigeria Cup, a weeklong competition put in place to celebrate the nation’s Independence anniversary, have been to the organisers’ satisfaction and now they are ready for the first stage of the competition, which begins tomorrow.

The first event is the pre-tournament qualifiers and according to the Chairman of the 2016 organising committee, Bayo Alli, all effort is being made to ensure a successful competition.

The organising committee chairman, who is also the Vice Captain of the section, promises a unique competition that every Nigerian will be proud of. “Nigeria Cup is about celebrating our national heritage; it’s about Nigeria and Nigerians, and everything in it. So we are giving our members, our sponsors and every participants a Nigerianised weeklong fanfare”, Alli said.

He boasts that “the kiddie’s event this year will be great; the ladies event will be a showpiece, the pro-am is our signature event and very unique.”Alli said promised that sponsors and players would get value for being part of the competition. “We will ensure that our sponsors get value for their money, we will be accountable and we promise that every money given will be well spent,” he added.

Describing this year’s edition as novel considering the plans already put in place, Alli said there is no better time to celebrate the nation than now.“I think this is actually the time to relax and celebrate after all the crisis we have gone and still going through. We want to ensure that the 20th Nigeria Cup give sponsors, our members and all our friends opportunity to unwind and refocus and golf is one of the those sports that is good for such relaxation,” Alli enthused.While thanking members of the club and corporate organisations for their continued support, Alli pleaded for more, saying every kobo given to the committee would be well spent.

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