-Readers Rush Hard Copy Votes To 19 Gbemisola Street
Entries by post and hand delivery provided the largest compilation of votes in the under-23 renaming campaign, as a total of 154 slots were received by the collation panel.
It should be noted that entries on this level for the month-long campaign were from cut-out coupons provided on the back page of SportsDay on alternate days, as willing voters who do not have access to the internet were given opportunities of being part of the spree.
The golden opportunity in this regard also provided SportsDay a historic reservoir and store of material sent in from various spots across the nation, while also confirming the massive reach of Africa’s elite sports daily.
Incidentally, an additional haul of over ten coupons arrived two days after the close of voting on February 29, but SportsDay collation panel insisted those entries were all invalid, as they came in after the official close of the campaign.
In order not to appear giving preference or advantage to any of the three options, it was agreed that the extras should be jettisoned.
From that point, the panel got down to a meticulous job of sifting, deciphering, authenticating and approving each and every one of the coupons, as the search for the winning name reached feverish point.
It was interesting to see entries from places as far flung as Owerri, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Jos, Makurdi, Uyo, Enugu and Onitsha.
The only areas the campaign appeared not to reach was the far north, considering the absence of entries from cities and towns in that part of the country.
It is also noteworthy that the under-23 renaming campaign caught on like wild fire, as ardent readers of SportsDay joined family members, newspaper agents, vendors and well-wishers in passing round the message and explaining its import to other members of the public.
At the end of collation, Naija Eagles emerged tops with 20 votes in total, while WAZOBIA Eagles placed second with 11 and Olympic Eagles brought the rear with only three slots on the roll call of hard copies in the poll.