2018 AHLAN CUP
THE CHAIRMAN OF KANO STATE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AND THE GENIUS BEHIND THE RECENTLY LAUNCH ANNUAL FOOTBALL COMPETITION IN KANO CALLED AHLAN CUP, ALHAJI SHARIF INUWA HAS DISCLOSED THAT HIS DETERMINATION TO KEEP NIGERIAN CLUBS BUSY WAS AMONG THE REASON HE PLEDGED TO CONTINUE TO BANKROLL THE COMPETITION WHICH IS IN HIS SECOND EDITION THIS YEAR.
Total of seventeen clubs are said to be talking part in the 2018 edition of Ahlan Cup, which includes Yobe Deserts Stars, Enyimba , Kano Pillars, Cynosure FC, Katsina United, Nasarawa United, Niger Tornadoes are some of the clubs that have indicated interest to take part in the tournament.
Alhaji Sharif Inuwa has disclosed that he was planning on inviting clubs from the continent to take part in the pre-season cup, but unfortunately ran into hitches having those teams around because of their involvement in the CAF inter club competitions and won’t want to risk it for any other.
He also noted that their failure to achieve the planned the participation of clubs from outside Nigeria will not be long, has they shall work together with the programme of other clubs outside Nigeria to ensure that the tournament has international outlook from next year.
He confirmed that there has been several development and improvement on this second edition than it was last year and that they have been able to work on the drawbacks of last edition.
Also while speaking to SportingLife, He said “I am always in support of anything that will improve the standard of football in Nigeria, When I got the proposal about this tournament I didn’t hesitate because I knew that it will make our clubs to be more busy with quality games and keep their players match fit.”
“We have about 17 clubs that have indicated interest to come and they will start arriving from Thursday, so that we can have the nucleus of the teams participating. We know it will be too hectic to keep with the fixtures but we are up to the task.”
“We could have got few clubs from outside Nigeria but it was not easy for them to make it but next year will be more easier because we are going to incorporate them into our plans so that AHLAN CUP will have international appeal.”