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Committee Chairman, Ajala Expects Memorable, Hitch-free Lagos Principal Cup Championship

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Chairman of Lagos State Principal Cup Committee, Rasaq Ajala, has expressed confidence that the organising committee would live up to expectations to organise a memorable and hitch free Lagos principal Cup which begins next month across the six educational districts in the state.

Ajala made this assurance while addressing journalists and other sports stakeholders at the press conference held Tuesday afternoon in Lagos.

In his opening speech, Ajala thanked Lagos State Football Association board led by Ogboni Fouad Oki for the support given to the commiittee to actualise its dream.

Ajala, who doubles as Executive Chairman of Odi-Olowo Local Council Development Area, said he was excited that the the oldest inter schools football competition tagged Lagos Principal Cup Championship is back, adding that this year’s edition would be better organised than previous editions in area of organisation, officiating, match venues as well as improving on security measures and safety of the students.

“As the Chairman of the Lagos State Principal Cup Committee, I expect better and hitch free competition. The era of using mercenaries, over aged students and fighting during and after the tournament had gone for good.

“We want to rebrand the Lagos Principal Cup and part of the measures we put in place is to ensure that all the participating schools get the copy of our handbook where rules and regulations of the competition are stated,” he said.

In his remarks, Chairman LSFA, Ogboni Fouad Oki thanked the commiittee led by Ajala and reminded stakeholders that the issue of football development in Nigeria cannot be completed without mentioning the famous Principal Cup.

He said the principal Cup is an avenue where future players, coaches, referees and football administrators should be discovered and made reference to years past where national coaches attended Principal Cup to scout for players for the national teams and professional clubs.

“Many of our ex internationals and the so called legends today have benefited immensely from the Principal Cup. Some of them who played then got scholarship to go to abroad, while some were invited to the national teams and professional clubs because of their impressive performance at the principal Cup .

“We are trying to bring the good old days back where Lagos Principal Cup Championship would be an avenue to discover talents for future national junior teams or professional clubs. I strongly believe that this committee would not only deliver but make this year’s edition a memorable and hitch free competition,” he said.

Meanwhile, over 500 schools are expected to participate in this year’s edition.

A total of 24 teams are expected to qualify from the preliminary stage of various categories of the competition.

This year’s Lagos principal Cup would witness junior and senior in both male and female categories.

The organisers had stated that private schools would involve in this year’s edition.

In the preliminary stage, private schools would play one another, while eight would emerge to join 24 public schools for the round of 32 play off. 32 teams will be drawn into 8 groups, while the top two schools in each group would qualify for the round of 16.

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Eyimba FC International on expansionist mission- Ekwueme

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Nigerian professional football league and continental soccer record holders, Eyimba football club fc of Aba has commenced the

Nigerian professional football league and continental soccer record holders, Eyimba football club fc of Aba has commenced the implementation of an expansionist idea that would spread the club franchise, further past its current torrents, the club Sporting Director, ex intetnational , Ifeanyi Ekwueme has disclosed.

Ekwueme speaking in Kano last Tuesday,.further revealed that the club management under the pilot of Atlanta 96, Olympics football gold medalist, Kanu Nwankwo has embarked on the implementation of a newly designed development template that would stampede the influence of the club franchise on Nigerian, African and international football climes.

He said, Eyimba fc is a trademark that has excelled over time, Kanu Nwankwo regime currently at the helms of affairs at the club is building on the heroic achievements of the club by resorting to building bridges across Nigeria and beyond.

Ekwueme said ” we have signed partnership that involves exchange programmes, we are committed to coaches development mini and major projects

He further said ” we now have the requisite development structures, with our now in place youth football and semi professional talent development programmes , this is vital and critical.

” Eyimba is not a stagnant or zero football brand, we are a broad football brand, that is why, we are committed to partnerships that are results oriented and have them spread across Nigeria and extend same to the continent and beyond.

He averred that though there are challenges, the current leadership of the club is focused and committed towards surmounting the hurdles and posed to take the club to the zenith of club side football, where Eyimba fc is rightly believed to belong to.

Ekwueme appealed to the fans and their partners to keep faith with the Eyimba fc brand , stating that the club has witnessed enviable improvements in the area of football coorporate administration that he said is now yielding dividends and would continue to help the Aba football warlords to improve in the delivery of mandated club football services and business divdends expected by all stakeholders.

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Lagos State FA Congratulates Madiba, Inter Lagos, Ikorodu City, On NNL Play-offs Tickets

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The Lagos State Football Association ably led by Hajji Gafar Liameed, has congratulated the trio of Lagos State based football clubs, Madiba

The Lagos State Football Association ably led by Hajji Gafar Liameed, has congratulated the trio of Lagos State based football clubs, Madiba FC, Inter Lagos and Ikorodu City, for qualifying for the NNL Super 8 payoffs.

In the press statement, Hajji Gafar Liameed described the qualification of the teams, as remarkable and very commendable.

“Lagos State Football Association, the stakeholders and indeed, all lovers of the game are very happy over the feats of these teams, and of course, what it portends for the development of the game in Lagos State.

“As we earnestly look forward to big time and top level football matches in Lagos State in the next season, Lagos FA, shall continue to give technical and every other necessary supports to all clubs, for the benefits of game in the state.”

The board of the Lagos State Football Association, also expresses its profound appreciation to the Lagos State Government and its agencies, including the Lagos State Sports Commission, for providing the enabling environment for social activities and particularly, football to thrive in the state.

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Stormers FC will return to NNL soonest, Olopade Assures

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The Chairman / proprietor of Stormers Sports Club of Abeokuta, Chief Bukola Olopade, has promised that with proper restructuring, planning and complete dedication of the players and coaches of the team, the relegated Nigeria National League club will return to the professional league cadre, sooner than expected.

Stormers SC, at the end of the concluded NNL 2023/2024 season were relegated to the lower Nationwide League after ammassing a meagre 24 points in 22 matches in the Group A of the NNL.

The team’s below par NNL outing only saw them winning 7 matches, lost 12 and drew three games, only good enough for the bottom third position in a league of 12 teams.

Stormers SC scored 16 and conceded 10 goals, a performance not good enough to keep the team in the professional league, when compared with the NNL Group A Champions, Madiba FC, that finished with 40 points with the same number of matches in the league, won 18 games, lost 6 and drew 6.

Olopade, a former Commissioner of Youth and Sports in Ogun State, stated that, by all standards, Stormers SC’s performance was not befitting enough and he doesn’t have any option than to make positive changes in the team that would lead them to greatness.

Olopade said on Monday in his office in Lagos that: “The relegation of Stormers SC from the professional NNL to the amateur Nationwide, is failure on the part of the technical crew and the players.”

He noted that, with the new plan for the club ahead of the 2024/2025 campaign, he would ensure Stormers Sports Club return to the NNL sooner than anyone expects. Adding that :”The goal of the team is to get promoted back to the NNL and in record time step up to the premier league and play prominently in the Nigeria Professional Football League. I believe strongly this is possible with hard work and investment in young players who will believe their future is in the team.”

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