Chairman of Nigeria Football Federation Technical and Development Committee, Comrade Ahmed Yusuf Fresh could not hide his excitement after he was honoured with the African Football Newsmaker of the Year by the African Football Institute, an organization based in South Africa, as a result of his commitment to grassroots football development.

Fresh who was represented by his SA Media, Mr. Aro Olaoluwa, said: “Honestly, this came as a surprise to me. In fact, I never expected it. I never knew our good work at the grassroots level in terms of football development has gone beyond the shores of our dear country, Nigeria.

“This would spur me and the entire members of my team to do more programs and give our Nigerian youths hope to actualise their dreams. I’m highly honoured.”

Fresh, who is also the Vice Chairman, Referees Appointment Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, also thanked the African Football Institute for recognising and identifying with people who have passion for football development in Africa and beyond.

“Let me appreciate this prestigious organisation for honoring me and also its esteemed President, Mr. Garrit Davids, for all the efforts he put in place for us to be in your dear country South Africa. I pray your organization at the long run achieve the desired goals,” Fresh said.

The Award was presented on Fresh’s behalf to his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Aro Olaoluwa by the President of African Football Institute, Mr. Garrit Davids at the Hilton Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mr Aro Olaoluwa, who represented the awardee, also did a power point presentation on his behalf, which enabled the participants who came from different African countries know who the awardee is.