Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara state will be agog come December 4, 2021, as the former Kwara United gaffer, Coach Issa Saliman will be launching a book.
The book, titled ‘Football Development in Kwara State’ will chronicle all the notable events that make up the history of the round leather game in the state.
The gaffer, who handled the University of Ilorin football team for 10 years noted that “I feel obliged to put my thoughts and experiences together with a view to set the records straight and also provide insights on football evolution in the state to the benefit of the present and unborn generations”.
“As an insider and somebody that have seen it all right from the onset till this present time, I feel there is the need for me to come out with something especially for those who don’t know about football development in Kwara state and to set the record straight”, Coach Saliman said.
The septuagenarian had risen as a player from the grassroots to represent the state in several tournaments, played for grassroots and top flight clubs before featuring for the Nigeria national team, then known as Green Eagles at the third All African Games in Algeria,1978.
As a player, he played for Super Pioneers FC, Kwara Academicals, Midland Babes and Water Corporation FC.
The National Institute Sports (NIS) trained coach with several FIFA and CAF accredited courses to his credit also added that the book will serve as a reference point for many who seek to know about his exploits as a player and a coach.
While the former Super Eagles Coach and Modakeke High Chief, Adegboye Onigbinde will be the Guest Speaker at the event, Dr. Issa Omolabi from the University of Ilorin has been billed to review the book.
Also expected to grace the event is the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulrRahman AbdulRazaq as the Special Guest of Honour and the Director General of Micheal Imodu National Institute for Labour Studies, Comrade Issa Aremu (mni) as the Chairman of the occassion.
The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar (CFR) and Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Dr. Ibrahim Sulu Gambari are also expected to make the roll of dignitaries at the event scheduled to hold at Henry George Hotels, Ilorin.