Siasia Resigns As Nigeria U-23 Football Team Coach

SiasiaSamson Siasia has resigned as the coach of Nigeria’s U-23 football team because of what he describes as “a disrespectful system”.

Siasia, the most decorated African coach at the Rio-Olympics, having also won a silver medal in Beijing in 2008, claims to have gone unpaid for five months by the Nigeria Football Federation.

He said he had quit football in Nigeria after “a turbulent and incredible campaign in Brazil.”

The 1996 Olympic football champions became the first African country to complete an Olympic medal sweep having won a silver medal in Beijing in 2008.

Amodu Shuaibu’s Death, Another Colossal Loss – Saraki

Amodu-ShuaibuNigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Saturday expressed grief over the death of a former boss of the Super Eagles, Coach Amodu Shuaibu, describing it as another colossal national loss.

Dr. Saraki in a statement by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, commiserated with the family of the late Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the unfortunate incident.

Particularly Sad

He described the incident as particularly sad, coming barely 72 hours after the country lost another national sports hero, Mr Stephen Keshi.

The Senate President said the deceased contributed immensely to the development of football in Nigeria and the greater strides the nation had recorded so far in sports development.

He urged the younger generation to use their lifetime to make meaningful contributions to national development.

“The ex-coach left indelible footprints on the sands of time.

“He will be remembered for his immense contributions to the growth of football in Nigeria and by extension the African continent,” the Senate President emphasised.

While praying God to grant the departed soul a place in Aljannah Girdaus, he called on the immediate family, NFF and the sports community to take solace in the fact that late Amodu lived his life in the service of the nation.

The four-time Coach of the Super Eagles complained of chest pains on Friday night and died in his sleep. He was 58 years old.

Mr Shaibu’s death comes three days after the death of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi.

Vincent Enyeama Quits Super Eagles

EnyeamaVincent Enyeama has confirmed he is quitting international football with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Speaking to Channels Sports, Enyeama said that he does not want to disrupt the ongoing rebuilding process of Coach Sunday Oliseh.

Enyeama has checked out of the team’s hotel in Belgium and heading to his club in France.

On Tuesday, the Lille goalkeeper had a misunderstanding with Coach Oliseh and was asked to leave the camp of the team.

But after the intervention of the NFF, he was allowed to stay but it seems the goalie had already made the decision to quit.

Enyeama, who joined the team on Tuesday (October 6), had reportedly questioned Coach Oliseh’s choice of naming Ahmed Musa captain for the friendly games against DR Congo and Cameroon.

The coach did not like it and asked him to leave the team’s hotel and immediately made moves to call up Dele Alampasu.

President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, told Channels TV that evening that he had spoken with the coach and player and “the matter has been resolved and Enyeama would stay in camp”.

However, there were signs that the issues were still raging when on Wednesday, Vincent Enyeama took to his Instagram page to express disappointment.

Coach Oliseh Sends Enyeama Out of Super Eagles Camp

EnyeamaSuper Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has expelled goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama from the team’s camp in Belgium.

Enyeama, who joined the team on Tuesday (October 6) had questioned Coach Oliseh’s choice of naming Ahmed Musa captain for the friendly games against DR Congo and Cameroon. The coach did not like it and asked him to leave the team’s hotel and immediately made moves to call up Dele Alampasu.

In September, the goalkeeper failed to report to camp in Abuja for the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania, only for news to break that he had lost his mother.

Coach Oliseh has reiterated that indiscipline and poor show of commitment from players would not be allowed in his team, particularly during the rebuilding phase.

Speaking to Channels Sports, President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, confirmed that he had spoken with the coach and player.

“When I heard of the situation, I called Coach Sunday Oliseh and he confirmed he told Vincent to leave the team hotel. Yes, there was a misunderstanding but the matter has been resolved and Enyeama will stay in camp,” he said.

Oliseh Hails Super Eagles’ Improved Game Against Niger

Oliseh and eaglesNigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has hailed his side’s improvement after the team defeated Niger 2-0 in an international friendly at the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium in Port-Harcourt on Tuesday.

Oliseh got his first victory as the coach of the Super Eagles with stand-in captain Ahmed Musa and substitute Simon Moses, scoring at each half of the game in what many football followers see as an improved performance after their shambolic goaless draw against Tanzania in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match over the weekend.

The Super Eagles faced barrage of criticisms following their uninspiring display in Saturday’s AFCON qualifier in Dar es Salam, but Oliseh said his side showed a lot of progress in their victory over Niger.

“It was not only important for us to win, but playing organised and that is why I’m happy for the lads,” Oliseh said after the game.

“They [Niger] played very well and gave us a good fight. We were not only playing them, we also wanted to see if we really corrected the errors we made on Saturday.

“I think we were better organised when we lost the ball, and when we pressed we did it better. I think all we have to do now is hold the balls for a longer period and dictate the pace of the game. Though that is going to take a very long time.”

The happy coach also praised the effort of midfielder Usman Mohammed for putting up a commanding performance against coach Francois Zahoui’s side, but feels the FC Taraba captain still has a lot to learn.

Oliseh Invites 18 Foreign-based Players For Tanzania Match

super eaglesThe Super Eagles’ head coach, Sunday Oliseh has invited 18 foreign-based professionals for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.

Some of the named members of the team in the list contained in a statement from the headquarters of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, Godfrey Oboabona, Leon Balogun and Kenneth Omeruo, midfielders Rabiu Ibrahim, Lukman Haruna and Joel Obi.

In the statement signed by the NFF’s spokesperson, Demola Olajire, were some other inclusions, in line with Oliseh’s earlier promise to make current form his major yardstick for selection.

Others in the team are, goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, midfielder Izunna Ernest Uzochukwu and forwards Emem Eduok, Sylvester Igboun and Moses Simon, were therefore given surprise call ups.

The players invited for the must win match will join the 23 home boys, who arrived in camp in Abuja on Monday, latest on August 31.

Full List

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England).

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost Ekong (FK Haugesund, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey).

Midfielders: Joel Obi (Torina FC, Italy); Izunna Ernest Uzochukwu (FC Amkar Perm, Russia); Obiora Nwankwo (Coimbra FC, Portugal); Lukman Haruna (Anzhi Machatsjkala, Russia); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emem Eduok (Esperance ST, Tunisia); Emmanuel Emenike (Al Ain, UAE); Anthony Ujah (Werder Bremen, Germany); Sylvester Igboun (FC UFA, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium).

Super Eagles Defeat Chad At Home In AFCON 2017 Qualifiers

Super Eagles of NigeriaThe Nigeria Super Eagles has started their quest to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on a winning note as they secured a 2-0 win over Chadian National team at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Sunday.

The two goals were scored by Gbolahan Salami and Odion Ighalo.

The Chadian side, which ranked over 100 places below Nigeria on the monthly FIFA rankings, did not play like underdogs, as they tackled the Supper Eagles, which had won the Nation’s Cup three times.

In the course of the game, Nigeria’s defensive midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, was shown a red card for a retaliation.

Nigeria put up a good show ten minutes into the second half, when the team got a free kick just outside the box of the Chadians and Aaron Samuel delivered a nice kick that hit the bar.

Nigeria’s goals came after Coach Stephen Keshi brought in Rabiu Ibrahim and Odion Ighalo to replace the duo of Babatunde Michael and Aaron Samuel.

The first goal came 19 minutes into the second half, when new entrant, Ighalo, found Gbolahan Salami who rocketed the ball into the roof of the net.

Nigeria’s second goal came in the 81st minute, when Ighalo was brought down in the penalty box and he also converted the spot kick.

The result of the game was a boost to the Super Eagles hope of being in in Gabon 2017 for the Nation’s cup finals.

Garba Invites Ihenacho, Muhammed, 33 Others To FIFA U-20 World Cup Camp

02071113DI_NIG_GARBANigeria’s U-20 men’s football team’s coach, Manu Garba, has released a list of 35 players from which a final 21 would be drawn to represent Nigeria at this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

As expected, the list includes the new champions of Africa, players who impressed to win a seventh African Youth Championship in Senegal last month.

A half-dozen of the players feature for Nigeria Premier League clubs – the rest are either with youth teams of top clubs in Europe or with lower league or academy outfits.

Highly rated defender and Captain Musa Muhammed tops the list that has four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 10 midfielders and 11 strikers.

In the team are also goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo, defenders Zaharaddeen Bello, Mustapha Abdullahi and Prince Omego, midfielders Akinjide Idowu, Abdullahi Alfa, Bernard Bulbwa and Ifeanyi Mathew, and forwards Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Ezeh and Alhassan Abdullahi.

Top performers in Nigeria’s glorious run at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates in 2013, Kelechi Iheanacho, Success Isaac, Wilfred Ndidi, Chidiebere Nwakali and Musa Yahaya, who did not feature in Senegal. Super Eagles’ new boys Kingsley Sokari and Moses Simon also made the list.

All 35 players are expected to report to camp in Abuja on Sunday, April 12 for the first phase of the preparations.

Full List

Goalkeepers: Adamu Abubakar (Flash FC); Dele Alampasu (Football College Academy); Joshua Enaholo (MFM FC); Olorunleke Ojo (Giwa FC)

Defenders: Musa Muhammed (FC Heart Academy); Saheed Abdul-Ganiyu (Ace Academy); Adebayo Ademilua (Nath Boys); Monsuru Bashiru (MFM FC); Zaharaddeen Bello (Dabo Babes Academy); Abdullahi Mustapaha (Spotlight FC); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Samuel Okon (Greater Tomorrow Academy); Prince Omego (Apapa Golden Stars); Rowland Silas (Airforce FC)

Midfielders: Abdullahi Alfa (Football College Academy); Bernard Bulbwa (Esperance FC, Tunisia); Akinjide Idowu (Nigeria Young Academy); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Water FC); Wasiu Jimoh (Kwara Academy); Ifeanyi Mathew (El-Kanemi Warriors); Chidebere Nwakali (Manchester City, England); Obinna Nwobodo (Enugu Rangers); Kingsley Sokari (Enyimba FC); Musa Yahaya (Tottenham Hotspurs, England)

Forwards: Alhassan Abdullahi (FC Heart); Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy); Chidera Ezeh (FC Porto, Portugal); Okechukwu Gabriel (Water FC); Saviour Godwin (FC Sports); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Success Isaac (Granada FC, Spain); Billy Michael (El-Cruzeiro FC); Christian Pyagbara (Dolphins FC); Usman Sani Sale (Wikki Tourists); Moses Simon (Kaa Gent, Belgium)

Regulations For The Channels National Kids Competition 2014

INTRODUCTION

Football is a game that not only enhances good health through exercise, it promotes teamwork and camadrarie, 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.Football2

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 2014.

The values of the Channels Kids Competition 2014 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.

  1.                    GENERAL PROVISIONS 

Article 1    Channels National Kids Football Competition 2014

  1. The Channels National Kids Football Competition 2014 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, 2014.
  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: 

a)      The conduct of its Delegates Members and of any other persons carrying out duties on its behalf throughout the entire Tournament

b)     Attending all meetings and other official collective activities in respect of the competition

c)      Paying for incidental costs and expenses incurred by its Delegate Members or any other persons carrying out duties on its behalf

  1. 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.
  2. On entering the Tournament, the participating clubs automatically undertake to 

a)      Observe these regulations and ensure that their Delegation Members, and not only its players, also observe these regulations and the principles of fair play

b)     Accept and obey all decisions taken by the bodies and officials of the organizing committee under the terms of these conditions

c)      Participate in ALL matches in which their school is scheduled to take part till elimination

d)     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: 

a)      Respect the spirit of fair play and non-violence

b)     Behave accordingly

c)      Refrain from taking performance enhancing substances

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  1. II.                       TECHNICAL RULES

Article 13       Number of Teams

  1. There will be 24 schools vying for honours at the Lagos State preliminaries.
  2. 4 teams will emerge from Lagos Preliminaries by 12 invited schools across the country to  play at the national finals.
  3. Duration, matches will be played for 50minutes (25minutes 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.

a)        Players can be of a nationality other than Nigerian (but resident in Nigeria) as long as paragraph 1 above holds

b)       No player shall feature for more than one school.

  1. All players shall be registered with only one of the Participating schools throughout the duration of the competition.
  2. No particular player shall feature for two different   schools during the same Tournament.
  3. Direct players interview will be adapted at random from beginning to the end of the competition.
  4.      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. 
  1. Any school found guilty of the above shall be withdrawn from the competition sent back home and never invited for any subsequent editions.
  2. 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;

a)      School Team form

b)     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 at the competition.
  2.       The following information is required to accompany the school team-list for each player 
  • Surname
  • Forenames
  • Popular Name
  • Position
  • Date of Birth
  • State of Origin 
  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 all the 4 semifinalist 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: 

a)      Fair Play Trophy

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

b)     Golden Shoe

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.

c)      Golden Ball

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.

  1. III.                    FINAL PROVISIONS

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 come into force immediately.