Abubakar Bukola Sarki Football Club, ABS FC, Ilorin has bagged a Special Merit Award of the Association of Professional Footballers Of Nigeria, APFON, for being the only club in Nigeria not indebted to its players as well as for its special concern for the welfare and future of its players.
APFON Secretary General, Autine Popo said, this special act of professionalism by ABS FC remain a positive signal aimed at educating other clubs on the need to take welfare of players with utmost priority.
The Association thanked the Proprietor of ABS FC, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (CON) and the management of the club for paying special attention to players and officials welfare as well as adhering strictly to contractual agreements.
In another development, ABS FC has been commended for its discipline and professionalism in the handling of its home and away matches as it concern the security of match officials.
President of Nigeria Referees Association, NRA, Alhaji Ahmed Maude disclosed that reports reaching him from his men indicated that no referee has complained of insult or assault in all home matches of ABS FC, hence, he commended the team and urged other clubs to emulate the Saraki Club.
Meanwhile, the entire management, players and officials of the club have dedicated the special award to the proprietor of the club, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
General Manager of the club, Alloy Chukwuemeka said this award is a clear indication that the vision of Saraki, to make the club a model for other clubs to emulate is really coming to fruition.
He said Saraki believes that motivation of players remains the best way to get the best out of the players whom he described as the real actors.It would be recalled that ABS FC remains the only club in Nigeria, so far not indebted to any player or official.