1 Malam Saliu Mustapha, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Kwara Central Senatorial district in the 2023 general elections, has announced financial reward for Kwara United FC ahead of the team’s first round match against AS Douanes of Niger Republic on Sunday in Lagos.
2 In a statement by the candidate in Ilorin on Saturday, he pledged $500 for each goal scored by the team against the Nigeriens, and an additional $10,000 for the 26-member team if they advance through to the group stage, “as well as a more generous cash prize if they win the tournament”.
3 The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the APC candidate, who is also the Turaki of Ilorin Emirate, in August at the request of Kwara United FC management, sponsored a ‘open gate’ for supporters and football enthusiasts in the state to watch for free the team’s final home game against Mountain of Fire FC in the 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
4 Expectedly, the Kwara United FC, also known as Harmony Boys, victoriously defeated their opponents 3-0 in the match.
5 “In addition, I have directed my team to make adequate transportation arrangements, in collaboration with the Kwara United Supporters’ Club, for those who may be willing but unable to attend the match live in Lagos.
6 “Regular tickets will also be made available for free to the contingents.
8 “It is my expectation that this financial reward will motivate Kwara United FC team to achieve greatness, which has been their hallmark for many years, and to represent Kwara and Nigeria in the continental competition,” Mustapha said.
9 He urged all soccer-loving Nigerians in Lagos and its environs to come to the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, on Sunday to cheer up the team and make the second leg in Niamey on Sept. 18, a formality.