Sanwo-Olu Renames Onikan Stadium After Mobolaji Johnson

File photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday renamed the popular Onikan Stadium after the first governor of Lagos State, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson.

Sanwo-Olu made the announcement during the Day of Tribute for the late Johnson at the newly reconstructed Onikan Stadium.

In a video, shared on Twitter by Jubril Gawat, his New Media aide, Sanwo-Olu said that the stadium would now be known as Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson Stadium.

 “Going forward, Onikan stadium will be called ‘Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson Stadium,” Sanwo-Olu said.

 

Johnson died on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the age of 83.

Born on February 9, 1936, he became governor of Lagos State in May 1967 until he retired from the Nigerian Army in July 1975 during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd).

Ambode Approves Upgrade Of Onikan Stadium

Ambode Mourns LASIEC Commissioner, Lateef Raji
File photo: Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has approved the rehabilitation of the 5,000-capacity Onikan Stadium on Lagos Island.

This is aimed at ensuring that the stadium, which was built in 1930 meets the expectations of a 21st Century Sports facility, a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said.

The reconstruction of the stadium, according to Mr Ayorinde, is in in line with the vision of the present administration to transform the facility and other infrastructure within the locality into a tourism hub and make the stadium available for various sporting activities, especially football.

“The upgrading of the stadium will rekindle the interest of football fans in local league, as well as promote sports tourism, take sports to greater heights and encourage youth activities,” he said.

In upgrading the facility, the turf, pitch, underground drainage and artificial pitch base will be removed and replaced.

Also, work would bedone on external and internal walls, electrical and mechanical installations; paved driveways, perimeter fence; borehole and water reticulation as well as external electricity lighting and landscaping.

“The Governor realised that the stadium in its present state could not inspire any sense of pride in Lagosians, especially our youths, and falls short of the expectations of a state that has always led the rest of the country in sporting activities,” Ayorinde said.

When completed, he said the stadium would complement the adjoining JK Randle Arts Centre, the proposed Lagos Museum, the Lagos History Centre as well as the Lagos Heritage Centre which are all tourism-inspired projects.

“Governor Ambode is passionate about sports development in the state, from the grassroots to the world stage and he is excited that the reconstruction will rekindle the love for local football league that is synonymous with the stadium and Lagos Island,” Ayorinde added.

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.

GROUP A

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

 

GROUP B

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

 

GROUP C

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

 

GROUP D

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

NPFL: Ikorodu United, Sunshine Stars React To Goalless Draw

NPFL-Ikorodu-United-Sunshine-Stars-Eyimba FCNigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) newcomers, Ikorodu United, are confident they will bounce back from their poor run of results.

The Lagos based team, who are bottom of the table with six points from 11 matches, were held to a goalless draw by Sunshine Stars of Akure in their Matchday 11 clash at the Onikan Stadium.

While the team’s technical adviser looked forward with hope that things would change, midfielder, Augustine Agbane was reflecting on the game. He said that they gave their best but luck was not on their side.

On his side, Sunshine Stars Head Coach, Solomon Ogbeide, said that he was impressed with the away draw against Ikorodu United.

Sunshine Stars are 18th in the NPFL with eight points from nine games and Coach Ogbeide said that the team have shown commitment that they could fight for a continental ticket.

Meanwhile, the technical adviser of Enyimba FC has cautioned his side not to let down their guard.

The team’s coach asked them to expect a tough fight back from Etoile Du Sahel despite their 3-0 advantage in the CAF Champions League.

Sensational striker, Mfon Udoh, was the hero of the day as his team sank the Tunisian side at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium in Port Harcourt, south-south Nigeria.

Udoh expressed confidence that the two-time African Champions would seal their victory in Tunisia.

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.

List Of Selected Schools

1. ST. FRANCIS NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL, MARYLAND

2. DONMEN SCHOOLS, AJEGUNLE

3. ISAACVILLE NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL, KETU

4. ROCKFORD PRIVATE SCHOOLS, IKORODU

5. ST. JOSEPH NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL, AGEGE

6. EXCEL IMMACULATE SCHOOL, GOWON ESTATE

7. INNERCITY MISSION NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL, OREGUN

8. MARYLAND CONVENT PRIVATE SCHOOLS

9. NEWHALL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, LEKKI

10. CATONY ROYAL SCHOOLS, IBEJU-LEKKI

11. SUPREME EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOOL, MAGODO

12. STRAIGHT GATE SCHOOL, MAGODO GRA

13. GREAT TRUST BASIC ACADEMY, APAPA

14. CHRIST ASSEMBLY PRIMARY SCHOOL, OLODI-APAPA

15. TOYDAM CHILDREN SCHOOL, GBAGADA

16. COMMAND CHILDREN’S SCHOOL, OJO

17. CHRISTLEAD NURSERY & BASIC SCHOOL

18. MAS-MAS NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL, MILE 12

19. DAEMM SCHOOLS, DALEKO

20. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN PRIMARY SCHOOL

21. IBC KIDDIES NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL

22. REVIVAL PRIVATE SCHOOL

23. LYNCREST SCHOOLS, IKORODU

24. BOLS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, IPAJA

25. AL-FARUQ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

26. COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL, ABULE EGBA

27. GREEN HAVEN MONTESSORI SCHOOL, ISHERI-NORTH

28. HELPERS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, IGANMU

29. UNCLE BAYUS NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL, IKORODU

30. NATIONAL NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL, YABA

31. DARMAN FOUNDATION SCHOOL, IFAKO

32 THE FOUNDATION SCHOOL, SURULERE

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.

  1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

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.

 

  • TECHNICAL RULES

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.

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 enforced immediately.

 

Channels National Kids Cup Season 7 Calls For Lagos Applications

 Kids CupThe Executive Committee of the Channels National Kids Cup have called for entries from Lagos State Schools that are interested in participating at the 7th edition of the football competition.

The competition 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), this year’s edition would retain the 16 teams format with players from other regions of the federation converging in Lagos to compete.

The LSFA in propagating its Eko Football vision has laid emphasis on youth development and has encouraged local tournaments such as the monthly under-13 and under-15 boys and girls football event.

According to the chairman of the main organising committee, Mr Steve Judo, the Lagos State preliminaries would be played on knock-out basis and the finalists would play at the National finals.

Mr Judo gave the assurance that this year’s edition would be exciting as kids from other parts of the federation would converge on Lagos to compete and make new friends.

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

Schools in Lagos that want to participate at the tournament can pick up application forms free of charge at Channels Television headquarters, Isheri North and the office of the Lagos State Football Association at Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island.

The main organising committee has fixed March 10th to 15th as tentative date for the Lagos preliminaries.

Click here to read the Rules and Regulations For The Competition.

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Egyptian league To resume, Fans Denied Entry

Egyptian-clash
police fires tear gas to clear fans trying to force their way

The Egyptian Premier League will resume in March with supporters banned from attending matches.

The competition had been suspended following a stampede and clash, between police and fans of football club outside a stadium in Cairo, Egypt’s capital on February 8, which left at least 19 people dead.

After a meeting on Wednesday, Egypt’s cabinet said in a statement, that the league would resume “without fans after the mourning period of 40 days”.

It did not say precisely when matches would resume, or when fans might return.

However, local reports suggest the league would not resume before the Egypt economic summit, which had been scheduled to take place in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh in mid-March.

The tragedy occurred when police used tear gas to clear the fans trying to force their way into a league match between two Cairo clubs, Zamalek and Enppi, leading to a stampede.

Soccer matches are often a flash-point for violence in Egypt, where 72 fans were killed at a match in Port Said in February 2012.

Since then, Egypt has curbed the number of people allowed to attend and supporters have often tried to storm stadiums they are banned from entering.

Despite the violence, the match went ahead and ended with a 1-1 draw.

Jimi Agbaje Wins Lagos PDP Governorship Primaries

Jimi AgbajeMr Jimi Agbaje has won the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, defeating a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

The result was announced at about 11:20pm local time on Monday.

While counting was going on, there was an uproar, as some persons tried to grab the ballot box, Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye reported.

It is one of the last results that were released in the governorship primary elections held across Nigeria.

Mr Agbaje’s victory came after there were reported discrepancies between the number of delegates and the number of ballots counted.

While 806 delegates were recorded, 863 ballots were counted at the end of the election, a development that caused a disagreement.

Mr Jimi Agbaje is a pharmacist by training from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

He served in many health management capacities in his early years as a pharmacist in Lagos State, and is the Managing Director of Jaykay Pharmaceutical & Chemical Company Ltd.

Lagos APC Holds Governorship Primary Election

APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, south-west Nigeria, is holding a crucial primary election to choose the party’s candidate for the next governorship election.

The party’s delegates gathered on Thursday at the Onikan Stadium to vote for their preferred candidate in the primary election, with candidates contesting.

Twelve aspirants were cleared to contest for the party’s ticket to participate in the exercise.

Contesting for the party’s governorship ticket are; the Senate Minority Whip, Ganiyu Solomon, the Speaker of the House Of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, former Accountant-General of the State, Akinwunmi Ambode, former Attorney-General, Olasupo Shasore and former Commissioner for Health, Leke Pitan.

Others include commissioner for works and infrastructure Obafemi Hamzat, Tayo Ayinde, former Commissioner for Special Duties, Tola Kasali, Adetokunbo Wahab and three other aspirants.

The APC will hold its national convention in Lagos on December 10 and 11 and over 7,000 delegates are expected to attend.

The delegates are to converge on the Teslim Balogun stadium to elect the party’s presidential flag bearer who will face President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election.