Almakura Rewards Nasarawa United Players

nasarawa-unitedThe Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, has rewarded the players of Nasarawa United FC despite their loss at the finals of the 2016 Federation Cup.

He gave the reward during a reception organised in their honour at the presidential lodge in Lafia where he presented all the players with plots of land at Karu Local Government Council and a token of 200,000 Naira each.

The plots are within the corridors of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja close to the Karu International Market.

He told the crowd that the area considered is the Koroduma district which is just 500 meters from the market.

The Governor also assured them that the road to the housing estate given to the players would be named Nasarawa United Road.

He says the gesture is to spur them to do more in doing the state proud.

Governor Almakura further promises to conclude the Nasarawa township stadium in the next two months, expressing optimism that when completed the stadium would motivate the players to perform at their best calling on other team to take their time.

“By the time we complete the stadium and get the whole field ready for this boys, every team should take their time in Nigeria because Nasarawa state will write history in the history of football in Nigeria,” he said.

On their part, the players expressed gratitude to the governor.

Shammah Tanzi, who spoke on behalf of his team mates, said they were jittery about their performance but only to come home to be celebrated by the governor and their families.

Eight Firms Seek Sponsorship Of Nigeria Premiership League

Alloy Chukwuemeka

The Executive Secretary of  the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Club Owners, Mr Alloy Chukwuemeka, says about eight corporate bodies are currently jostling to sponsor the Nigeria Premiership League for the next season.

Mr Chukwuemeka hinted reporters of the development on Wednesday during an interactive session with journalists in Osogbo, at the monthly Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) stakeholders forum tagged “SWAN Platform”.

He said the NPFL Club Owners had received a proposal from the League Management Company (LMC) that the league would begin by first week of December tentatively.

Now Attractive

The NPFL Club Owners Executive Secretary further explained that the proposal would be considered at the Annual General Meeting of the Club Owners.

The General Manager, Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club, Ilorin commended the LMC for turning the league around, saying “it is now attractive with many firms lobbying to be part of it.

“The LMC has turned around the league in Nigeria. The league is now attractive, and there are eight firms lobbying to be part of LMC. The LMC has set a standard and that is why lots of firms want to be part of the Nigeria Professional Football League”.

The football administrator while responding to questions on moving football and sports generally forward in the state, insisted that a return to school sports was the only way to identify exceptional talents.

He revealed that the Kwara Football Academy gave ABS FC 10 of its best players every season through a partnership between the two clubs.

The ABS FC Director of Football also recommended community ownership of football clubs, as practiced in other climes based on what he learnt from the LMC organised LaLiga Tour in Spain earlier in the year.

He said: “Immediately I came back from Spain, I went to my village (Ehime Mbano) and I met with my Local Government Chairman and we formed Mbano United. I bought jerseys and balls for the team, because in Spain their clubs are built on their culture. Football community ownership is very important.”

“I will recommend that for us to develop the sporting sector, it is imperative that we re-introduce sports in our schools. This way, new talents can be encouraged and assisted to get to higher heights in this profession”

On the controversy trailing the final Nigeria National League (NNL) match between ABS FC and Gateway FC, Mr Chukwuemeka countered claims that there were few security men at the stadium, maintaining that there were about 78 policemen at the stadium that day.

He condemned the action of the Ogun State Commissioner of Sports who he said ordered Gateway FC players not to play the match, stressing that it contravened the rules guiding the game and operations of the NNL.

Mr Chukwuemeka also expressed the belief that the Nigeria Football Federation would put in everything to ensure that the Super Eagles qualify for the World Cup.

He said not qualifying for Nations Cup back-to-back was still painful and applauded the efforts and impact of Super Eagles coach, Genart Rohr.

Mr Chukwuemeka, who is also a National Officer of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, thereafter commended Osun SWAN for the Monthly Stakeholders Forum and promised to take the programme to other states across the federation.

Nigeria Golden Eaglets To Begin Training On May 8

EagletsNigeria’s Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, will open training camp in Abuja on May 8 with 40 invited players.

The reigning world champions will begin the qualifying tournament for the African U-17 Championship that will hold in August.

Coach Manu Garba will take charge of the team after Emmanuel Amuneke was promoted with his team to the U-20 side.

Manu will also conduct open screening at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja.

Officials have confirmed that players born after January 1, 2000, are eligible for the screening.

Nigeria won the FIFA U-17 World Cup a record fifth time at the last edition held in Chile in 2015.

Channels National Kids Cup: Organizers Conclude Draw for Lagos Preliminaries

Kids cupThe draw ceremony for the Channels National Kids Cup, Lagos Preliminaries has been concluded with the 32 schools cleared by the technical committee.

Two match venues, Campos Square and Onikan Stadium will host games in the three-day event which the organizers have confirmed will be done on knock-out basis.

Onikan Stadium will host group A and C games while matches in group B and D will be played at Campus Square.

Last year’s finalist, Uncle Bayus Nursery & Primary School, Ikorodu will compete from group A and will clash with New Hall International School in their first match.

The other group A fixtures have Helpers International School, Iganmu going against Donmen Schools, Ajegunle. Christ Assembly will play Revival Private School while National Nursery and Primary School will fight for a place in the next round against St. Joseph Primary School, Agege.

In group B, last year’s semi finalist, St. Paul Anglican School, will face Bols School from Ipaja, Fountain School. Surulere and Issacville from Ketu will also be in action.

Channels KidsStill on Group B, Catony Royal Schools, Ibeju-Lekki will compete against the kids from Rockford, Ikorodu while Al-Farouq International School will play Mass-Mas School from Mile 12.

In Group C, last year’s Lagos representatives, Daemm Schools, Daleko will take on Command Children’s School, Ojo in their opening game while Inner-City Mission Nursery and Primary School, Oregun will play St. Francis, Maryland in the group’s second game.

More group C fixtures will see Supreme Education Foundation, Magodo trade tackles with Darman Foundation School, Ifako while last year’s participants, Excel Immaculate will play Straight Gate School, Magodo GRA.

Group D opening action will be between Community Primary School, Abule-Egba and TBC Kiddies Nursery and Primary school.

In the other games, Toydam Children’s School from Gbagada will play Great Trust Basic Academy, Apapa. Right after that game, Maryland Convent and Christlead Primary School will take over the pitch. The group’s final game is between Lyncrest Schools, Ikorodu and Green Haven at the Campos Square.

The Lagos preliminaries will begin on Tuesday, April 19 and run till April 22.

Below are the complete groupings.


Uncle Bayus Nursery and Primary School

New Hall International School

Helpers International School

Donmen Schools

Christ Assembly Primary School

Revival Private School

National Nursery and Primary School

St. Joseph Nursery and Primary School



St. Paul’s Anglican School

BOLS International School

Isaacville Nursery and Primary School

Fountain School

Catony Nursery and Primary School

Rockford Private School

Al-Farouq International School

Mas-Mas Nursery and Primary School



Daemm Schools

Command Children’s School

St. Francis Nursery and Primary School

Inner-City Mission Nursery and Primary School

Supreme Education Foundation School

Darman Foundation School

Excel Immaculate School

Straight Gate School



Community Primary School

TBC Kiddies Nursery and Primary School

Toydam Children’s School

Great Trust Basic Academy

Maryland Convent Primary School

ChristLead School

Lyncrest Schools

Green Haven Montessori School

Pinnick’s Sacking: Fifa Issues Fresh Warning To Nigeria

Fifa on Pinnick sackingWorld Football governing body, Fifa, has issued a warning to Nigeria to either reinstate its sacked Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials or face a suspension.

Fifa’s warning came days after a Federal High Court in Jos ruled that Mr Chris Giwa should be installed as the NFF’s President and that the Fifa-recognised head, Amaju Pinnick, be sacked.

In a letter dated 11 April 2016, Fifa’s acting Secretary-General, Markus Kattner, said the ruling by the court was classed as “interference.”

“The decision of the Federal High Court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered as interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of Fifa for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF,” the letter read in part.

“All members associations have to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties. In addition and according to article 68 of the Fifa Statutes, recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the Fifa regulations.

“Furthermore, it is the duty of each member association to ensure that these provisions are implemented by its members and possibly take sanctions against those which fail to respect these obligations,” it further read.

Fifa also acknowledged that it was the second time that Chris Giwa had resorted to legal action as well as a futile appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) in his attempt to run Nigeria’s football affairs.

“We would like to stress that the plaintiff in question already filed an appeal in relation to the same matter with the highest judicial Sport authorities, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and that said appeal was dismissed by the CAS on 18 May 2015.”

The NFF has appealed against the court ruling, insisting that Pinnick is still the head of the federation while Giwa’s faction and all other non-NFF staff were denied access into the football house by police in the capital Abuja on Monday.

Channels National Kids Cup: 32 Schools Cleared For Lagos Preliminaries

channels_kids_cupThe Technical Committee of the Channels National Kids Cup has cleared 32 teams that would compete in Season Eight of the Lagos preliminaries.

Over 60 schools sent in entries and after a thorough screening process, the committee pruned it down to the required number.

According to the committee, the selected schools adhered to the rules and regulations of the competition; particularly in respect to the golden requirement of featuring players under the ages of 13.

The draw for the tournament will hold on Tuesday, April 12 while action will commence from the April 19 and run through to 22. Sixteen teams will clash at the Onikan Stadium while the others will play at the Campos Square mini stadium.

Leading the list of selected schools is last year’s Finalist Uncle Bayus from Ikorodu and Daemm Group of Schools, Daleko. Command Children’s School, Ojo, Toydam Children’s School, Gbagada, Christlead Nursery & Basic School and Green Haven Montessori School also passed the screening process.

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Channels National Kids Cup Season 8 Calls For Lagos Applications

kids_cupThe Main Organizing Committee of the Channels National Kids Cup are calling for entries from Lagos State Schools that are interested in featuring in season eight of the grassroots football competition.

The tournament is strictly for pupils currently in primary school and not above the age of 13 at the date of commencement of the football event.

Supported by the Lagos State Football Association (LSFA), the 2016 edition retains the 16-team format with players from other regions of the federation converging on Lagos to compete for the trophy.

According to organising committee, the Lagos State preliminaries would be played on knock-out basis and the deadline for collection of forms is March 31, 2016.

Schools in Lagos can pick up application forms free of charge at Channels Television headquarters, Isheri North, SUBEB sports office, Maryland and the office of the Lagos State Football Association at Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island.

The Lagos preliminaries is scheduled for April 19 to 22, 2016.

The tournament which is aimed at discovering young talents and promoting the game of football at the grassroots level is a corporate social responsibility programme of Channels Television.

Click here for the rules and regulations of the competition.

Regulations For The Channels National Kids Cup Football Competition 2017

Football is a game that not only enhances good health through exercise, it promotes teamwork and camaraderie, and it is universal and is played everywhere. It is not only played within clubs but also in schools which are also an important breeding ground for potential football stars.

For these reasons, it can be seen that sport and particularly football, forms a natural part of governmental health and social development programmes.

No government can neglect sport and the benefits that it can bring to the population. Football is a vehicle for the promotion of health, education, team spirit and fair play. These concepts are also central to national government objectives and are values upheld by modern societies.

In Lagos State the statutory agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating and administering all football related activities is the Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) it has been in existence since the creation of the state in 1967 but has its current board as the only democratically elected board in recent history.

The LSFA is led by Mr. Seyi Akinwunmi, a respectable Legal Practitioner. The LSFA has articulated its vision to restructure football in the State and has therefore created and nurtured a brand known as Eko Football which is the vehicle used to actualize the vision.

The LSFA in articulating its Eko Football vision has laid emphasis on youth development, it has created access to national sports youth development structures and has promoted local youth programmes such as the popular monthly U-13 and U-15 Boys and U-15 Girls Eko Football Future Stars tournament that has attracted thousands of youth footballers. It is in furtherance of this vision that the LSFA has partnered with Channels Television to present the Channels Kids Competition 2016.

The values of the Channels Kids Competition 2016 are similar to values promoted by youth sport development, social development and good governance. These include;

  • Allowing children to play football together thereby facilitating communication with one another.
  • Using football to promote good health.
  • Using football as a tool for education by teaching: observance of the rules of the game, the practice of exercises and codified play, respect for opponents and partners, the desire to be the best, pushing oneself beyond one’s limits, the joy of winning and coping with the distress of losing, etc.
  • Promoting football as a part of life associated with fun, pleasure and emotion.
  • The need for consultation with all stakeholders in order to ensure that all points of view are taken into account and if possible, represented in the plan.
  • Offering the means to practice sport everywhere, at schools, in clubs etc. Football should be accessible to all without reference to gender, race or location.
  • To increase the number of children involved in the nationwide U13 football competition and eliminate age cheating.
  • Making sure the underdeveloped areas of the sport (football for girls, players with disabilities, football in schools) receive support and appropriate services.
  • Offering an alternative to the everyday lives of children from disadvantaged areas.
  • The desire to improve and develop the game at all levels starting from the U13 level.

Fair Play Code – The Ten Golden Rules

  1. Winning is not fun if achieved unfairly. Playing fair makes others respect you.
  2. Winning is the goal of a game- never play to lose. But if you lose, do so fairly and you will win respect. Congratulate the winners and try to win the next time.
  3. Sport needs rules in order to be played fairly. The rules of football are simple and easy to learn. They make football fun to play and watch.
  4. Everyone has the same rights. Opponents, team-mates, referees and spectators must be respected. Fair play is about respect. Respect is part of football.
  5. Football is the world’s greatest game. Help keep it that way. Talk about the positive and encourage others to do the same. Be a role model for the game.
  6. Football is great because fair play is respected. When someone is exceptionally fair in football, they deserve recognition. Help promote football’s image by recognising good deeds.
  7. Football is sometimes exposed to negative outside influences. Do not be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers. Football is sport and sport is peace.
  8. Make sure everyone in football is playing fair. Do not let them be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers.
  9. Say ‘no’ to cheats and report them. It is better to have cheats removed before they can damage the game. Actively protect the beautiful game of football.
  10. Football’s popularity can help make the world a better place. Use the power of football to promote peace and equality. Make the world better through football.

FIFA is the world soccer governing body, The FIFA rules consist of 17 laws that break the game into segments. The purpose of the laws is to be applicable in the same way at any level from World Cup final to a local game with your friends at a park. These original laws have only changed slightly over the years, in accordance with specific evolution and demands of the sport.

For lower levels (Youth Organizations) of play the International Football Association Board (IFAB) first ratified the official rules of soccer, entitled “Laws of the Game,” when it was founded in 1886. The purpose of this flexibility in the rules arises from the need to acknowledge that different cultures and economic factors surrounding each level can affect the way the game is played. The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) explains in its Rules of the Game section below, that the laws are designed as a loose framework open to amendment based on the discretion of Organizing committee agreement. “The Laws form the skeleton of a competition’s rules, while the competition regulations provide the flesh.


Article 1: Channels National Kids Football Competition 2016

  1. The Channels National Kids Football Competition 2016 is designed to offer the means to practise football as a sport at schools to help young players from the ages of 10 to 13 learn the game of football. Football should be accessible to all without reference to gender, race or location.
  2. It is an invitational tournament
  3. All Primary schools, public and private duly registered with its state authorities are eligible to participate at this event.
  4. Selection of schools will be the sole responsibility of the Organizing committee.
  5. The Tournament will run for six match days with the Finals played on Children’s Day May 27th, 2017.
  6. Group games: ……………………. Semi-finals: ………………. and Final: ……………………. At the national level and knock outs at the state level.
  7. LSFA shall be responsible for all technical and Disciplinary matters.


Article 2: Participating Schools

  1. The schools participating in the Competition agree to comply with these regulations, the Laws of the Game, Statutes and Regulations as long as with any other Organizing committee regulations, guidelines, directives and/or decisions.
  2. In addition, each participating school shall be responsible for:
  3. The conduct of its Delegates Members and of any other persons carrying out duties on its behalf throughout the entire Tournament
  4. Attending all meetings and other official collective activities in respect of the competition
  5. Paying for incidental costs and expenses incurred by its Delegate Members or any other persons carrying out duties on its behalf
  6. All participating schools shall confirm their participation by submitting the originals of their entry forms and any other required documentation to the organizing committee as communicated by the organizing committee by the set deadline.
  7. On entering the Tournament, the participating clubs automatically undertake to
  8. Observe these regulations and ensure that their Delegation Members, and not only its players, also observe these regulations and the principles of fair play
  9. Accept and obey all decisions taken by the bodies and officials of the organizing committee under the terms of these conditions
  10. Participate in ALL matches in which their school is scheduled to take part till elimination
  11. Accept ALL arrangements relating to the competition made by organizing committee.


Article 3: Withdrawal, penalty for failing to play and replacement

  1. All Participating schools undertake to play all their matches until eliminated.
  2. Any school that withdraws from the event no later than 14 days before the first match of the competition shall not be considered for invitation by the organizing committee for subsequent tournaments.
  3. Any participating school that withdraws during the course of the competition or fails to honour any of its matches at the any stage of the competition will be fined.
  4. Any participating school that withdraws before the start of the competition may be replaced by another school to be determined by the organizing committee
  5. If, through the fault of any Participating school, a match in the tournament cannot take place or be played in its entirety, the Organizing Committee shall declare that the match be forfeited (awarding victory or points to the opposing school) and/or exclude the school concerned from the competition.
  6. The school responsible for the situation in paragraph 5 above shall face sanctions to be determined by the organizing committee.
  7. The organizing committee shall take whatever action is deemed necessary in the case of force majeure.


Article 4: Disciplinary Matters

  1. Disciplinary incidents are dealt with in compliance with the organizing committee Disciplinary Code in force as well as with all relevant circulars and directives, with which the Partaking school undertake to comply.
  2. Organizing committee may introduce new disciplinary rules for the duration of the competition. Such rules shall be communicated to the Participating schools one week before the first match of the Tournament.
  3. The Participating schools agree to comply with the Laws of the Game as provided by organizing committee, the statutes and regulations for the case of Channels National Kids Football Competition. Schools agree to comply with all further organizing committee guidelines, circulars and decisions that have any significance regarding the competition.
  4. In addition, the school and all other persons acting on behalf of the school agree notably to:
  5. Respect the spirit of fair play and non-violence
  6. Behave accordingly
  7. Refrain from taking performance enhancing substances
  8. Schools and the Member of the school’s Delegation concerned will be held responsible for the behavior of the player and any member of the school’s Delegation.
  9. Schools will be held responsible for the behavior of any other persons acting on behalf of the school concerned.


Article 5: Disputes

  1. All disputes in connection with the event will be promptly settled by arbitration.
  2. In compliance with the Organizing committee Statutes, the participating school, their officials and players may not take disputes to any court of law but to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Organizing committee.
  3. The LSFA Disciplinary Committee is the highest body in determining any form of dispute.


Article 6: Protests

  1. For the purpose of these regulations, protests are objections of any kind related to events and matters that have a direct effect on matches, including but not limited to the state of and the markings on the pitch, accessory match equipment, eligibility of players, stadium installations and soccer balls.
  2. Unless otherwise stipulated in this article, protests shall be submitted in writing to the Organizing committee match commissioner within two hours of the conclusion of the match in question and followed up immediately with a full written report, including a copy of the original protest.
  3. Protests against any incidents that occur during the course of a match shall be made verbally to the referee immediately after the disputed incident and before play has resumed.
  4. No protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play, such decisions being final.
  5. If unfounded or irresponsible protest is lodged, the Organizing committee Disciplinary Committee may impose a fine.


Article 7: Equipment

  1. The balls used in the competition shall be selected, exclusively supplied and approved by the LSFA
  2. The goal-posts and field markings shall be of the FIFA-approved dimensions except where stated as a variation by the Organizing committee.


Article 8: Venue, stadium, dates and kick-off time for matches

  1. The venue, dates and kick-off times for matches will be fixed and approved by the Organizing committee.
  2. Matches will be played at venues with people sitting and/or standing.
  3. Matches may be played in daylight or under floodlight provided the floodlights are deemed bright enough by the Organizing committee.
  4. The school teams will be entitled to warm up on the pitch before each match.
  5. Smoking is not allowed in the technical area.
  6. The stadium and training grounds shall not be used for any other matches or events from at least four days prior to the start of the Tournament until completion, except the Organizing committee gives special permission.
  7. The venues will be available and free of any and all commercial activities and identifications (e.g. boards and other signage) other than those of organizing committee commercial affiliates at least four days prior to the first match of the competition.


Article 9: Match Officials

  1. Referees and other match officials will be appointed for each match by the LSFA – Referees Committee.
  2. A Match Commissioner will be appointed for each match.
  3. After each match, the referee shall complete and sign the official Referees’ Report Form. The referee shall hand it over to the general coordinator at the venue immediately after the match. On the report the referee shall note all occurrences of significance, such as misconduct of players leading to caution or expulsion, unsporting behavior by supporters and/or officials or any other person acting on behalf of a school at the match and any other incident happening before, during and after the match in as much detail as possible.
  4. All decisions made by the LSFA – Referees Committee are final and not subject to appeal.


Article 10: Laws of the Game

All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game in force at the time of the tournament.


Article 11: Commercial Rights

  1. The Organizing committee owns and controls all commercial rights in relation to the Tournament.
  2. The Organizing committee issues Marketing Guidelines specifying these commercial rights. All schools shall fully comply with these Marketing Guidelines and ensure that their members, officials, players, delegates and other affiliates also comply.

Article 12: Transportation

All schools are expected to bear the cost of their transportation to and from match venues.



Article 13: Number of Teams

  1. There will be 24 schools vying for honours at the Lagos State preliminaries.
  2. 2 teams will emerge from the Lagos Preliminaries to compete in the National finals with 14 other schools from different parts of the country.
  3. Duration, matches will be played for 50 minutes (25 minutes for each halves with a 10 minutes break).


Article 14: Eligibility of Players

  1. All players shall be students currently in primary and not above the age of 13years as at the date of commencement of the competition.
  2. Players can be of a nationality other than Nigerian (but resident in Nigeria) as long as paragraph 1 above holds
  3. No player shall feature for more than one school.
  4. All players shall be registered with only one of the Participating schools throughout the duration of the competition.
  5. No particular player shall feature for two different schools during the same Tournament.
  6. Direct players interview will be adapted at random from beginning to the end of the competition.
  7. Any school that is found guilty of fielding an ineligible player shall forfeit the match in question. Victory and the resultant points shall be awarded to the opposing school.
  8. Any school found guilty of the above shall be withdrawn from the competition sent back home and never invited for any subsequent editions.
  9. Any such school shall be reported to their state appropriate authority.


Article 15: Player Lists and Official Delegation Lists

  1. Participating schools are allowed to register a maximum of Eighteen Players, two (2) of whom shall be goalkeepers and Two Officials.
  2. Each Participating schools shall submit a filled registration package that will include;
  3. School Team form
  4. Identification Cards for each Player and Official of the school Team

All Registration Documents should be submitted to the Organizing committee at least 21 days prior to the first match of the Competition

  1. In the case of a serious injury, a player may be substituted 24 hours before the kick-off of his school Team’s first match of competition.
  2. The following information is required to accompany the school team-list for each player



  • Surname
  • Other Names
  • Position
  • Date of Birth
  • State of Origin
  • Name of School


  1. Only the Eighteen (18) Registered Players will be permitted to take part in the Tournament. The numbers on the back of the shirts shall correspond with the numbers on the school Team List.
  2. A player listed on the registration form can be replaced only in the event of a serious injury up until 24 hours before the kick-off of his Team’s first match. Such replacements must be approved in writing by the recognized Medical Committee upon receipt and assessment of a detailed medical assessment.
  3. Before the start of the Tournament, all the players on the school Team List must prove their identity and age. Every Player and Team Official must also sign a declaration of compliance wherein they agree to submit to these regulations. Any Player or school Team Official who fails to submit and sign these documents will not be allowed to take part in the Competition.
  4. All 18 Players shall be named on the player list for each match. Not more than 9 people (two officials and seven players) shall be allowed to sit on the substitutes’ bench. A suspended player may not seat on the substitutes’ bench.


Article 16: Competition Format

  1. The Lagos State preliminaries will be played on knock bases and the 2 finalists will represent the state at the national finals.
  2. At the national finals there shall be 4 groups of 4 teams participating.
  3. Two teams will emerge from each group to compete at the quarter finals then the semi-final and the finals.
  4. The ranking in each group will be determined accordingly.


Article 18: Trophy, Awards and Medals

  1. Whoever the honour is bestowed shall present the Trophy to the eventual winner of the event.
  2. Medals will be presented to each of the top three school Teams of the Tournament, i.e., gold medals to the winners, silver medals to the runners-up and bronze to the third-ranked Team.
  3. One medal will be presented to each of the referees who take charge of the play-off for third place and the final.
  4. At the end of the Tournament the following special awards will be presented:
  5. Fair Play Trophy

Goes to the Team with the least number of bookings in the Tournament

  1. The Golden Shoe will be awarded to the Player that scores the most number of goals in the Competition. If two or more players score the same number of goals, the number of assists will be decisive.
  1. The Golden Ball will be awarded to the best player in the Tournament on the basis of a vote taken amongst selected observers of the final phase of the competition.
  1. There are no official awards other than those listed above unless otherwise decided by the Channels Kids Cup Organizing Committee.


Article 19: Prize Money

To be determined by the Organizing committee.


Article 20: Special Circumstances

The Organizing Committee shall issue any instructions necessitated by special circumstances that may arise during the course of the event. These instructions shall form an integral part of these regulations.

Article 21: Matters Not Provided For

Any matters not provided for in these regulations and any cases of force majeure shall be decided by the Organizing Committee. All decisions shall be final and binding and not subject to appeal.

Article 22: Copyright

The copyright of the fixture lists drawn up in accordance with the provisions of these regulations is the property of the Organizing committee.

Article 23: No Waiver

Any waiver by Organizing committee of any breach of these regulations (including of any document referred to in these regulations) will not operate as, or be construed to be, a waiver of any breach of such provision or of any breach of any other provision or a waiver of any right arising out of these regulations or any other document. Any such waiver shall only be valid if given in writing. Failure by the LSFA to insist upon strict adherence to any provision of these regulations, or any document referred to in these regulations, on one or more occasions will not be considered to be a waiver of, or deprive the LSFA of the right to subsequently insist upon adherence to that provision or any other provision of these regulations, or any document referred to in these regulations.

Article 24: Enforcement

These regulations have been approved by the Organizing committee and enforced immediately.


Dalung Congratulates U-23 Team, Orders Outstanding Bonuses’ Payment

Solomon-DalungNigeria’s  Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, has congratulated the national U-23 team for qualifying for next year’s Olympic Games.

Dalung has also ordered the immediate payment of all outstanding match bonuses and allowances owed the players and officials.

The Minister expressed displeasure that the players were being owed a backlog of allowances and bonuses since their last competition.

“This is an emergency problem we inherited and I have directed the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and the Director General of the National Sports Commission to source for intervention funds to settle the players before the final game on Saturday.

“The players have done extremely well under the situation, moreover a workman deserves his pay.

“We don’t want negative stories on non-payment of players’ allowances which are capable of tarnishing the image of the country, so I have pleaded with the coaches and players to remain focused on their final game as all possible efforts are being put in by the Ministry to ensure that all outstanding bonuses and camp allowances are offset before Saturday,” the minister said.

Mr Dalung watched the Dream team defeat host, Senegal, in the semi-final match by a single goal scored through a penalty.

He congratulated the team after the match and urged them to work hard to win the final game against Algeria.

He has also directed that a delegation comprising top officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports visit the U-23 team in Senegal before the final.

NFF Seeks Germany’s Help in Capacity Building

pinnich with german ambassadorNigeria Football Federation (NFF) has moved to formalise much closer relationship with current world champions, Germany in all football matters.

In its relentless quest to take Nigeria football to a new level, a delegation from the NFF led by President, Amaju Pinnick, paid a courtesy visit to the Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mr Dietmar Kreusel on Tuesday.

Pinnick, who expressed the football governing body’s intention to make Germany a model for development of the game of football in Nigeria, sought the assistance of the European country in developmental programmes for women’s football and  capacity building for referees and coaches.

“We keenly desire to partner with the DFB (Germany Football Federation) and the German League”. Pinnick said.

“The NFF is presently doing a lot in the area of development of the game in Nigeria.

“Now, we are requesting for support for our development programmes for women’s football, as well as capacity building for our referees and coaches”.

Pinnick, also underscored the importance of Nigeria in the comity of nations, and reiterated that the emphasis of the present NFF administration was on youth development and making the League the main hub for the National Teams.

NFF Pledges Support For Channels National Kids Cup

Channels National Kids CupThe President of the National Football Federation, Mr Amaju Pinnick, has thrown its weight behind the yearly Channels National Kids Cup competition, saying that it has become a veritable and credible platform for grassroots youths development

Mr Pinnick endorsed the championship on Saturday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in south-west Nigeria at the maiden meeting of the South-west States Football Forum held to chat a new course for football development in the south-west states of Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Lagos, Ekiti and Ondo.

He also said that the choice of Sunday Oliseh, as the national coach of the national team, the Super Eagles, was not a misplaced priority, considering his experience, the mastery of the game and his developmental credentials, saying “under him Nigeria’s Football Development is on a right course”.

The NFF President, however, solicited the support and understanding of all Nigerians towards the successful implementation of the task ahead

Participants at the event, which included football administrators, coaches, egg heads in football development and other dignitaries, agreed that the way to go remained the development of grassroots football.

Channels National Kids Cup is Channels Television’s Corporate Social Responsibility aimed at promoting grassroots football in Nigeria.


Sunday Oliseh Gets Super Eagles Coaching Job

Sunday OlisehA former Captain of Nigeria’s national football team, Sunday Oliseh, has been officially unveiled, as the new coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

At the ceremony in Abuja on Wednesday, Nigeria’s capital, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, assured the former national team captain that “the federation will give him all the support he needs to succeed”.

In his acceptance speech, Coach Oliseh said players not playing top flight club football would no longer be invited, with exception to those graduating from the age grade teams.

“I am not coming as a messiah. I am not coming to create miracles but I will do my best.

“My assistants are all here on merit. I will not invite a foreigner who will come here and act like I am bigger than thou.

“We will work with the technical committee, because if we fail, they fail,” he said.

The 40 year-old is taking over from Coach Stephen Keshi and will after the unveiling, begin preparations for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Tanzania in the first week of September as well as an international friendly yet to be announced.