10th February, 2011
Some stakeholders have disagreed over the decision of Lagos State Football Association to stopÂ clubsÂ and football organisers who are yet to register with the football body in the state.
The decision was taken recently by the newÂ boardÂ led by Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who felt thatÂ there should be measures to regulate grassroots football competitions and clubs in the state.
Akinwunmi told GSG that the board has planned to organise stakeholders meeting very soon to educateÂ club owners, coaches, and football associations about the new development.
Reacting to the decision made by the board, Secretary of Gbagada Grassroots Sports Association, KemacÂ Emina, urged Lagos FA not to be harsh on football associations that are not registered. He saidÂ theÂ board should give them enough time to raise the money for the registration
â€œIt was a good decision but it is too early for the Lagos FAÂ to stop competitions becauseÂ theÂ organisers fail to register,â€ he said.
Coach of Breakthrough FC, Ayinde Jimoh, also urged the Lagos FA toÂ implement the policy next yearÂ because some grassroots clubs have no money to register now.
Rising Stars Coach, Lateef Ishola, told GSGÂ that the Lagos FA should not stop unregistered clubs fromÂ taking part in high profile competitions in the state. Ishola said the stakeholders meeting will be anÂ avenue forÂ the coaches and other stakeholders toÂ express their feeling over the decision taken byÂ the Lagos FA.
However, Secretary of Lagos State Grassroots Soccer Association, Ganiu Aliu,Â if the decision is takenÂ Â fake organisers will be stopped from organising football competitions in the state.