Ekiti United FC is set to return to the Nigeria National League in the 2019 season.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Mr Yemi Owoseni, made this known in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi had given the state-owned club side an approval for the immediate return to the Nigeria National League after many years in the wilderness.
Owoseni said that the move was part of the present administration’s efforts to restore the lost values of the state football club.
He said that the governor had promised the club all the needed logistics and support to excel, urging the management and players to give their best to make the state proud.
The permanent secretary said the club would commence its pre-season activities soon in readiness for the season.
Similarly, Ekiti Youths In Sports has lauded Fayemi over his decision that the state owned football club, Ekiti United makes a return to the professional cadre of Nigerian football.
Reacting to the news, the general coordinator of the Ekiti Youths In Sports and board member of Ekiti FA, Bayo Olanlege, describes the development as a promise kept by the state governor.
” This is a cheering news and also a confirmation that His Excellency, is a man who never fails to keep his promises. This is one of the several electoral promises he made to the teeming and sports loving youths of the state during his reelection campaigns,” Olanlege noted.
” Members of EYIS are indeed, grateful that Ekiti soccer fans would soon enjoy professional football in the state. And we believe this development would help to encourage and develop the game in the state,” he stated.