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Lagos to build 5 new Stadia for Sports Development

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Steve Ayorinde

The Lagos State Government is build five new stadia in the different divisions of the state in its quest to promote excellence in sports and market the state through sports tourism.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, made the assertion on Wednesday in Lagos while unveiling Lagos as the Host City for Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2016.

Ayorinde said that the five stadia were already captured in the state’s 2017 budget proposal.

He said that Lagos as the Centre of Excellence had been number one in sports and entertainment and believed in using sports to sell the mega city.

Ayorinde said that the government was sponsoring the 2nd Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations, holding from December 13 to December 18 at the Eko Atlantic, because it believed in showcasing not just sports but its tourism potential.

He noted that two major components had been built into the hosting — sports and tourism, arts and entertainment — to achieve the state’s quest to make Lagos the sports hub in Africa.

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Ayorinde said that the government had partnered with countries that excel in sports and many organisations to promote a culture of sports.

“As you can see, FC Barcelona Youth Academy had started in Lagos because Barca has an ally in the state.

The state government has planned a package for the Yuletide which will commence immediately the competition ended with the first ever Lagos City Carnival.

It will also organise the Lagos State fiesta which will hold simultaneously in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island divisions, ending on December 31.

This year’s events have been well planned to ensure that people relaxed and enjoyed themselves during the Christmas and New year festivities under tight security,’’ he said.

The Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu, said said that Lagos was hosting because it wanted to showcase the excellence of Lagos through sports.

Tinubu said that the state had created more opportunities and varieties partnering with organisations, noting: “We are trying to create a sports culture where everybody can get into sports.

“Copa Lagos has been running for six years but we are redefining beach soccer. We want Lagos to be a sports destination,’’ he said.

He said that there would be bus shuttle from different locations for fans wishing to be at the venue to cheer the teams at the six-day event.

He added that there would be events to showcase Lagos at the opening and closing ceremonies.

The President, Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, thanked Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for hosting the event, noting that the hosting “will redefine beach soccer in its annals’’.

The Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations, previously known as the CAF Beach Soccer Championship prior to 2016, is the main international championship for beach soccer in Africa.

Also referred to as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers for African Football Confederation (CAF), the championship was established in 2006.

The winner and runners-up qualify to represent the continent at the forthcoming FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Nigeria have won it twice in 2007 and 2009, while Madagascar won the 2015 edition.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

5 Comments

  1. xplorenollywood.com

    December 3, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    BN just try a little to edit your stories ehen, even if this was picked from NAN!

  2. Loki

    December 4, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Building all the stadia in this world will not magically develop sports; neither will it feed the athletes…

  3. Icon

    December 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    We no need am o! What happened to renovating the ones wey we been get?

  4. Zeeebby

    December 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I was going to type one long comment but…..THIS ADMINISTRATION NO GET DIRECTION AT ALL

  5. Eric

    December 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Pay the athletes first c’mon, the show of shame at this years Olympics alone should tell you that your priorities are warped. First all you guys could barely pay the athletes way to the Olympics, they got there the same day as their opening match. The female football team only got 30,000 stipend for the match they played recently now you are talking about building new stadias??? Who’s pocket is that money going to!!! Bunch of miscreants!

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