By Collins Ajibola
Youth restiveness and high rate of unemployment can be curbed and reduced to the bearest minimum by harnessing the full potential of sports in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer of Dakinda Sports, Mr. Emmanuel Akpakwu stated this while addressing journalists at a pre-launch press briefing of the Dakinda Penalty Game in Abuja.
Mr. Akpakwu stated that the Dakinda Penalty Game is an idea conceived to bring smiles to the faces of Nigerians and as well create jobs opportunities for the youths and foster unity among the people.
“I am delighted to have you here today on the occasion of our pre-launch press briefing heralding the official Launch of the Dakinda Penalty Game. Let’s begin with a couple of updates. It is heart-warming that the opt-ins to our Dakinda network from the Nigerian public achieved a 3000 mark in just 28 days, which drives home the reality that our people just cannot wait to start playing the Dakinda Penalty Game.
Also, Microsoft Nigeria has indicated its willingness to partner with Dakinda to host and deploy windows versions of our mobile game. These are results of our resolve to hit the ground running as soon as we are open to the public”.
He further explained that the Dakinda Penalty Game is a sports lottery game where the interested participant parts with as little as N100, but wins big in terms of rewards.
“The Dakinda Penalty Game is a revolutionary Sports Lottery Game, at an unbelievable access fee of N100 but with enormous rewards. Every N100 ticket possesses the potential to win you N5, 000 instantly when you score a goal. The Game does not only give the player true opportunities to win but the outcome is primarily determined by his/her own playing skills.”
“The Penalty Game is in a class of its own and there are no limits to what players can achieve. Even without formal invitations, many Nigerians have expressed their interests in being our commissioned agents nationwide already.”
Mr. Akpakwu assured that youth restiveness and unemployment rate will be on the decline when the projects kicks off finally.
“Let me add here that youth restiveness and vices are expected to be on the decline after we launch this laudable initiative this week. The Dakinda Penalty Game is designed to increase the entertainment value of football with focus on taking spot-kicks. With just 1 Ball and 1 Goal, eligible players can make money from football and truly live up to our slogan of ‘#ShowYourPassion’”.
“Dakinda Penalty Game, as I noted earlier, has an online version which can be downloaded on the Android Store for free. As is the case with the live Playground version of our Game, all tickets purchased at our grounds nationwide and online via our Mobile App, are automatically entered into the monthly raffle draws which will be aired live on National Television, where lucky players will win from N50, 000 to N1, 000,000 and even all categories with our plexing Technique, which will give the power of control to the players”.
The Chief Executive Officer lamented non-indigenous sports brand in Africa and Nigeria, describing the situation as regrettable.
“It is incontrovertible that there exists no indigenous sports brand for Africa today. The major brands from the Western part of the world control the African market”.
“That is why we also decided to have the Sports Goods Merchandising arm of the Dakinda Family, which is dedicated to the production of sports equipment such as: Football Boots, Jerseys, Footballs, Sports Bags and Tracksuits.”
He further stressed the need for sports to be encouraged in the country as it is one instrument that fosters unity and breaks religious and ethnic barriers among the people.
“As a Football Legend once said, “Football is what unites us as a people, football is the only thing that can always bring the broadest smile to the face of anyone who catches it.”
The popular playground located at the Old parade Ground Area 10 Garki is the Venue for our Grand Opening and official Launch of the Dakinda Penalty Game, slated for Thursday, 12th of January 2017 at 11am. However, a Pep-Rally has been fixed for January 11th, 2017.
Expected to grace the official launching of the Penalty Game are dignitaries from within and outside the country, which will be led by the brand ambassador of the game, former Super Eagles’ Skipper, Nwankwo Kanu.
Others are The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung, the Honourable Minister of the FCT, Muhammed Bello, Distinguished Senators and Members of the House of Representatives, as well as the Leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation and a host of other government functionaries.