About 50 higher institutions of learning are lined up for the maiden Shaibu Amodu/Stephen Keshi Sports Festival, being packaged by the National Association of Edo State Students, with headquarters at the University of Benin, Edo State.
The NAESS National Chairman, Comrade Oloke Emmanuel, and Director of Sports, Comrade Adeoye Raphael, said in a statement in Benin City that they have been receiving favourable words of support from the Delta and Edo States Governments and even the Federal Ministry of Sports.
They revealed that tentatively the Sports Festival has been fixed for between June 7 and 13, 2017 at the University of Benin Sports Centre in honour of two of Nigeria’s best coaches in the history of football.
“We have already made an appeal to the Federal Government to declare at least a day in that window a public holiday in honour of the only coaches who have qualified Nigeria for the World Cup a record times and also one who is the only second African to have won the Nations Cup as Coach and captain of the national team, the Super Eagles,” declared the duo in their statement.
The all-encompassing sports festival for Amodu and Keshi is expected to feature several sporting events like athletics, swimming, basketball and tennis.
Already, committees have been set up to take care of the events by NAESS, which has vowed that from now on the event will be an annual one to celebrate two true Nigerian heroes, who died in a spate of one week last year.