The Governor also congratulated the management and players of Enugu Rangers FC Enugu for breaking the 32 years jinx to win the Nigerian Premier League.
A release issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Apolos, Ikpeazu said “I believe that the well deserved victory of FC Ifeanyi Ubah makes a compelling case for private sector support and partnership with government in sports development in Nigeria.”
He therefore called on wealthy citizens and companies to invest in the growth and development of sports.
Ikpeazu commended the proprietor and members of the club for the feat, and for demonstrating that the private ownership and management of football teams in Nigeria is the way to go in order to win laurels, create jobs and sustainably manage clubs, as practiced in Europe.
His words: “ As the state that hosts the most successful football club in Nigeria, Enyimba FC of Aba, Abians appreciate efforts that went into the successes of Ifeanyi Ubah FC and Enugu Rangers FC and will learn from their experiences to remodel the operations of our great football teams and reposition them to continue to win laurels and make football loving Abians and Nigerians”.