Three international youth teams will battle for honours alongside the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory in the 37th edition of Ramat Cup billed to hold in Kano in January 2019.
The competition, organised by the Youths Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) is scheduled for the ancient city of Kano from January 11-19, 2019, the President of the body, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said yesterday.
According to Gawuna, the participation of the three teams from Ghana and Nigeria Republic was to restore the international status of the competition.
The YSFON President, who is also the deputy governor of Kano State, said that remembering the heroic attributes of one of the greatest leaders in the country, late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, who stood for justice and wellbeing of the citizens, was one way the body can keep in mind the memory of many Nigerians who were alive and those not born while he lived.
“There is no time, we as citizens of this great country will look back into our history and don’t remember late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, who was killed on February 13, 1976 in a bloody coup. He was one leader, we all miss him, so YSFON has continued to honour him with this competition for the past 37years and this edition with teams from our neighboring countries in attendance will be filled with a lot of activities,” Gawuna said.
In a release signed by YSFON’s national secretary Patrick Okpavuerhe, the competition was moved from its usual February dates to January because of the forthcoming general elections in the country.
Okpavuerhe urged all states to complete their finals on January 5, 2019 as the champions are expected to arrive Kano on January 11 for the screening which holds the following day.