The Ekiti State government has charged the people of the state to rally round its team, Ekiti United Football Club, saying it has been rebranded for greatness.
The Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi promised that his administration would support the club with funds, manpower and materials to succeed in the National League, adding that he would also invest in sports development to empower the youths and aid human capital development.
Speaking at the official unveiling of the rebranded Ekiti United Football Club at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti,
Fayemi, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, described sports as a big industry that has the capacity to provide careers for the young generation.
He said rebranding Ekiti United marked a turning point in the desire of his administration to take its pride of place in sports development, especially football.
Describing football as a unifying factor in the country, Fayemi said Ekiti United also provides a platform for the vibrant youths in the state to showcase their talents.
The governor said his administration would not rest on its oars until Ekiti United is promoted to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) to compete with the best clubs in the country.
Fayemi urged the people of the state to identify with Ekiti United by wearing the jerseys and other souvenirs that carry the name and logo of the club.
This, he said, would popularise the club as a prominent brand and create awareness about the rebranding.
The new coach of the team, Ademola Agbana, was also unveiled at the ceremony, while dignitaries including the Oluyin of Iyin-Ekiti, Oba Ademola Ajakaye also launched the new kits.
Players of the club also modelled the new kits at the ceremony to the admiration of fans that thronged the stadium to be part of the show.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Yemi Owoseni and General Manager, State Sports Council, Mr. Deji Samo, hailed the state government for rebranding the club to lift sports in Ekiti.
As part of activities to mark the unveiling, a friendly match was played between Ekiti United and Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, which ended goalless.