“It is the first of its kind partnership that represents the biggest football Kit sponsorship in the history of the Nigerian football league aimed at growing and developing sports in Nigeriaâ€, he said.“The partnership with PUMA aligns with the club’s vision for where the club is right now, and where they will be in the future. PUMA is known for delivering top level results whilst being innovative, and this is what ABS Ilorin symbolises”, Saraki continuedHe disclosed that ABS Ilorin is currently two years into the six-year plan set out by the current administration when the club was overhauled in 2015, saying that it is massively overachieving as it stands.In his words: â€œWhilst we did not project to reach the NPFL till 2018 due to the well-documented difficulty of gaining promotion from the NNL, we have already done that a year early and are more than holding our own in the Premier Division against clubs with substantially larger resources. The primary end-goal of the six-year plan is to represent Nigeria at the CAF Champions League, and do so by winning the NPFL.â€œWe also aim to promote the ABS Ilorin FC brand not just throughout Kwara State, but Nigeria as a whole, resulting in it being a commercially viable global brand,â€On her part, the Brand Manager PUMA, Persianas Retail Limited, Miss Aderemi Adefolabi, said that the partnership is in line with Pumaâ€™s commitment to the growth and development of sports in Nigeria.â€œABS FC has shown potentials of being a great club not just in Nigeria, but also in Africa and this has informed PUMAâ€™s decision to provide the necessary support for it to achieve its potentialsâ€, Afolabi said.She continued, â€œAll over the world, PUMA has shown strong commitment to the development of the round-leather game and its sponsorship cross across leading football clubs and national teams. Some of the teams that have benefitted from PUMAâ€™s partnership include Arsenal FC, Borussia Dortmund and Sydney FC. Some of the national teams that have also benefitted from PUMAâ€™s partnership include Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Uruguay.ABS Ilorin FC (formerly known as Bukola Babes) first won promotion to the Premier League in 2009-2010. In 2011,they were put up for sale before being purchased by Bukola Saraki. They narrowly maintained Premier League status in consecutive seasons before being relegated in 2013.After two seasons in the NNL, ABS Ilorin was taken over and restructured by Seni Saraki and the current administration, with a philosophy built upon nurturing talent from a young age and putting the players first always. After narrowly missing out on promotion in the first season, ABS Ilorin won the NNL in 2016 to be promoted to the NPFL.In their debut season, ABS are just five points off continental football for next year, and rank highest amongst all the promoted teams from 2016. They are widely regarded by fans and pundits as one of the best footballing teams in the country on their day, primarily fielding youth players from the local community, as opposed to heavy transfer dealings every summer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Hammed Shittu in IlorinChairman of ABS FC of Ilorin, Seni Saraki, has said that the five-year partnership deal between PUMA, the global sports lifestyle brand and his club, has the potential of raising the profile of the nationâ€™s football.Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the PUMA-ABS Ilorin FC jersey held at the Palms Mall, Ilorin, Kwara State recently, he added that the partnership involves the provision of kit for ABS FC and sponsorship of the club activities by PUMA. ABS is the first ever Nigeria topflight outfit to join Puma’s portfolio of club kit sponsorship.
SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US COMMENT Sreehari Menon Despite being a predominantly sports-loving country, Olympics glory is something that has eluded India despite their pool of talent. When Abhinav Bindra fired a 10.8 on his last shot during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, therefore, there was nothing but jubilation amongst the Indians who witnessed the rifle shooter’s heroics. The final shot earned him a gold medal, his first and India’s only individual Olympics gold medal till date, etching his name in the country’s proud history. Also Read: Want To Win Medals At Olympics, Asian Games: Indian Women’s Junior Hockey Forward MumtazAbhinav Bindra record: OTD in 2008, Bindra won India’s first-ever Olympics goldOn August 11, 2008, India’s Abhinav Bindra made history after he shot 10.8 on his last shot to win the Gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Bindra was tied with Finland’s Henri Hakkinen before the last shot, and the 10.8 was his highest score of the final, while Hakkinen slipped to 9.7 to settle for bronze. The Abhinav Bindra gold medal remains India’s only individual gold medal at the Olympics so far. Speaking of the Abhinav Bindra gold medal, the former shooter said that the 10 shots at Beijing were the best of his career as he failed to score below 10. He secured a top-podium finish with a final score of 104.5 – 1.8 higher than the silver medallist, Zhu Qinan of China.Also Read: Dipa Karmakar Reminisces Rio Olympics Moment, Says ‘it Will Remain Very Close To Heart’ Written By Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 14:55 IST Abhinav Bindra Clinched India’s First Ever Individual Olympic Gold Medal OTD In 2008 On this day in 2008, Abhinav Bindra won India’s first and only Olympic gold medal till date after edging past Finland’s Henri Hakkinen with his final shot. 7 months ago Indian shooters have realistic shot at winning medals at Tokyo Olympics: Abhinav Bindra WATCH US LIVE Abhinav Bindra record: Abhinav Bindra shooting careerA 15-year-old Abhinav Bindra was the youngest participant at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, while he also competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics as the youngest Indian participant where he finished 11th. In the 2004 Olympics at Athens, Bindra set a new Olympics record during the qualifying stages but failed to win a medal as he slipped to seventh in the final round. The shooter’s moment arrived in Beijing where clinched the top spot on the podium. The 2008 Olympic gold medallist failed to qualify for the final round in the following London Olympic Games. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, Bindra agonisingly finished fourth, after losing a shoot-off for the top 3 to Serhiy Kulish, who eventually won the silver. Also Read: Mission Olympics: Vikas Krishan Prefers US Pro Bouts To National Camp In PatialaCourtesy of the Abhinav Bindra record of more than 50 medals in his 22-year career, he received the Padma Bhushan and remains one of the top sports influencers in the country. Bindra also had great success in the Commonwealth Games, bagging gold medals in the Air Rifle pairs category for three consecutive games. In the singles category, Bindra won the gold medal in 2014 in Glasgow, having won the bronze and silver medals in previous editions. He also won three medals (two bronze, one silver) in the Asian Games. Bindra retired after the 2016 Olympics and is currently working to integrate sports, science, and technology into Indian sports and encourage high-performance physical training through the Abhinav Bindra Foundation. Also Read: Non-contact Sport Shooting Can Open Up Facilities Sooner Than Others: Gagan Narang(Image Courtesy: Team India Twitter) LIVE TV 6 months ago Harshvardhan, Anil Kapoor start shooting for Abhinav Bindra biopic First Published: 11th August, 2020 14:54 IST 7 months ago Khelo India Youth Games: Gold winner Rudraksh Patil wants to emulate Abhinav Bindra WE RECOMMEND