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Lagos FA: At Maiden Meeting, Technical Committee Discusses Far Reaching Solutions On Football Dev’t



The Technical Committee of Lagos State Football Association rose from its inaugural meeting held recently to deliberate on a number of issues on the development of round leather game in the state.

Led by Alhaji Liameed Olawale Gafar thanked the board of Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) headed by Alhaji Fouad Oki for its commitment to the growth and development as well as repositioning the face of football in the state within the short time of inauguration, adding that the board’s effort to come out with good football policies and the bold initiative to resuscitate football competitions such as Oba’s Cup, Lagos Street Soccer, IBILE Games, LAFA Super League, Principal Cup, and Lagos Junior League among other should be well commended.

On the annual Lagos FA Cup, the Committee resolved that it is better to begin preparation for the tournament early. To this end, it appointed Mr Sulaiman Rasheed and Coach Benson Edema to identify some good locations that would be used for the forthcoming FA Cup.

“The Committee also agreed to make the Lagos FA Cup more inclusive by taking the competition into the hinterland instead of concentrating on some particular locations as has been the case in the past. It is also resolved that venue proximity to teams should be a major factor during the FA Cup, considering the economic situation of the country at the moment,” a Communique made available after the maiden meeting reads.

The Committee at the meeting proposes a far-reaching innovation that will change the face of the school sports competition, the Principal’s Cup. According to the Committee, the Lagos FA board should divide the Principal’s Cup into two- Junior and Senior Principal’s Cup.

“It is observed that schools these days have junior and secondary schools, and stemming from popular demand, the technical committee, therefore, recommends that the competition be played separately.”

On the Lagos State League, the Committee resolved to revive the Lagos State League. “It was unanimously agreed by the members that the best two teams from each of the five divisions would qualify for the League and the two top teams would represent the state at the national playoffs.

The Communiqué reads further: “In order to prepare the Lagos-based NPFL, NNL, and NLO teams for the 2023/24 season, the committee concludes to organize a pre-season tournament from September 20 through 27, 2023 to keep the teams fit, ahead of the new season. The committee has proposed to use Onikan Stadium for the week-long event.

“During the deliberations, the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Alhaji Liameed Olawale Gafar expressed optimism that more teams from Lagos would be promoted to the NLO, NNL, and NPFL from next season owing to the strong support from the Oki-led LSFA Board.

“The committee agreed that with the various football competitions lined up by this administration, there is a need for additional sports facilities and renovation of existing ones to accommodate the busy football calendar of the LSFA. Upon further deliberations, the committee resolved that the LSFA Board should appeal to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to see that the ongoing renovations taking place in Agege Stadium, Ifako-Ijaiye Sports Center, and other sports centres be expedited.

“In order to present formidable teams in the various categories that would represent the state at future national football competitions, the technical committee proposed four coaches in these age categories: U-10, 13, 15, 17, and 20 for both males and females. The committee suggests that 40 coaches should be deployed in all the categories.

“The LSFA Board should strongly consider the possibility of deploying one or two Coaches to each of the 5 Divisions in the State and saddle them with the task of identifying budding talents as it used to be many years ago.

“The technical director of the Technical Committee, Tajudeen Disu also expressed delight with the caliber of members in the committee and reminded the members of their primary assignments. While commending the members for their commitment to the committee, he remains upbeat that the Oki-led board would take football to the next level and therefore urged football stakeholders in the state to exercise patience with the new administration.”


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 Lamine Yamal gets new jersey number at Barcelona



Hours after reports emerged regarding Lamine Yamal’s new shirt number at Barcelona, the club have officially confirmed that the teenage sensation will wear the No. 19 jersey next season.

The 17-year-old wonderkid wore No. 27 last season as he was still with a youth contract at the club.

But earlier this month, Barça confirmed his official registration as a first-team member with La Liga, which warranted a new squad number for the youngster.

There were speculations that Yamal could wear the No. 10 shirt but he has opted against it out of respect for Ansu Fati, who is back at Barça after a loan stint.

There was talk of him taking the No. 17 shirt vacated after Marcos Alonso’s exit, but Yamal has opted for No. 19 – a shirt that a certain Lionel Messi also wore in the early stages of his career at Barcelona.

Vitor Roque wore it briefly last season after arriving in January. Prior to that, players like Franck Kessie, Ferran Torres, Sergio Aguero, and Martin Braithwaite donned the No. 19 kit.

Yamal wore No. 19 with the Spanish national team as they won the UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany last week and will now wear it with the club as well.

With Yamal now taking over the No. 19 kit, Roque will have to change his shirt number, provided that he stays amid rumours of a departure.



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Luka Modric, 38, signs new Real Madrid contract



Real Madrid extended Luka Modric’s contract on Wednesday, bringing the Croatia midfielder back for a 13th season with the club.

Madrid said it and Modric agreed to extend the player’s contract until June 2025.

One of Madrid’s captains, Modric didn’t play as often as a starter this season but is expected to have a greater role in Carlo Ancelotti’s midfield after the retirement of Toni Kroos.

He has won 26 titles with Madrid, the most in club history along with defender Nacho Fernández. Among those are six Champions Leagues and four Spanish leagues.

“Modric arrived at Real Madrid in 2012, and in his 12 seasons representing our shirt he has become a Real Madrid and world football legend,” Madrid said.

Modric won won the Ballon d’Or, the FIFA Player of the Year Award and was named UEFA Player of the Year in 2018, when he led Croatia to a runner-up finish at the World Cup.

Modric has made 178 appearances with Croatia and is the nation’s all-time record-holder for international caps. He has made 534 appearances for Madrid, having scored 39 goals.



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Inside Gareth Southgate’s decision to quit as England boss after Euro 2024 nightmare



Albeit briefly, there was a theory that Gareth Southgate might stay on after all.‌ Let’s not forget this was the manager who had led England

Albeit briefly, there was a theory that Gareth Southgate might stay on after all.

‌Let’s not forget this was the manager who had led England to their first ever major final on foreign soil and the Football Association were desperate for him to remain in charge. And then came the fall-out. You would have to have been marooned on Mars to have avoided it.

The anger, bile and disappointment in the wake of England’s defeat in the Euros final. There was no way back. Southgate had insisted he was going to talk things through with his family on Monday night as he was in no mood to make a snap decision.

By 11am on Tuesday, the farewell statements were issued. Never mind that Southgate, in his eight years in charge, had gone to the latter stages of more tournaments than Sir Bobby Robson, Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle combined.

‌Or that Southgate had won nine knockout games during his tenure when England had won a grand total of seven in their previous years. England expects. And that is why they call it the Impossible Job.

No manager since Sir Alf Ramsey has come closer to ending 58 years of hurt than Southgate. England’s men have won just one major trophy – the 1966 World Cup at Wembley – and yet they were expected to play Spain off the park, win it in style and then lift the World Cup in two years’ time.

Instead, Southgate was accused of being over cautious, restricting world class talents like Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane and Phil Foden and holding England back. Holding them back? They have quickly forgotten the failures of the Golden Generation when Sven Goran Eriksson could not get past the quarter final stage with Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Gary Neville, Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.

‌The players who flopped in major tournaments in the 1970s, 80s and 90s are the same ones who are now on TV slamming Southgate. This has been a golden era for England under Southgate. But, in reality, Southgate should have gone after Qatar. That was in his head.

It turned sour after Hungary in the Nations League at Molineux. He nearly announced in the autumn of 2022 he was going after the World Cup – and changed his mind. He then did soul searching after Qatar, thought about going and then decided to stay.

‌Looking at his body language in Germany, he was every bit as tired and exhausted as some of his players in the Euros. Just look at the season Declan Rice has had. Was he at his best? Of course not. He was shattered.

‌The same goes for Southgate who had reached the end of his tether. Going into the tournament, those around the camp felt he was going come what may. Then the conversation was that if he won it, he might yet stay on and oversee the World Cup.

That proved to be hypothetical in the end. But I think he would have quit even if they had won the Euros. Or, put another way, especially if they had won the Euros. What a chance to say: thanks, we did it – and now two fingers up to you lot!

The England job is so tough and unforgiving. Even in his departure, Southgate showed class by singling out the England fans – some of them have pilloried him, others have chucked beer cups and yet, ultimately, we are all them. Including Southgate.

‌Southgate said in his statement : “We have the best fans in the world, and their support has meant the world to me. I’m an England fan and I always will be. I look forward to watching and celebrating as the players go on to create more special memories and to connect and inspire the nation as we know they can.”

‌Southgate has done a remarkable job in his 102 games in charge. Summed up in his statement as he bid his farewells.‌ He added: “I have had the privilege of leading a large group of players in 102 games.

“Every one of them has been proud to wear the Three Lions on their shirts, and they have been a credit to their country in so many ways. The squad we took to Germany is full of exciting young talent and they can win the trophy we all dream of.

‌“I am so proud of them, and I hope we get behind the players and the team at St. George’s Park and The FA who strive every day to improve English football, and understand the power football has to drive positive change.”

-Mirror Football


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