6th December, 2011
As part of its effort to develop football at the grassroots and check age cheats among players, Lagos Divisional Football Association, LDFA is planning to stage Primary School League very soon.
Chairman of the association, Prince Falade Oyekan, told P.M.Sports at the weekend that after he assumed office in August this year, he has carried out assessment of primary schools (public and private) under his jurisdiction.
Oyekan said the assessment is done in order to collate data that will help the LDFA develop a genuine developmental programme that will focus on primary school students.
â€œWith the information I gathered, I think we can organise a primary school league that will involve all primary schools in our area.
â€œThis will help us discover talents at their tender ages as it is done in the advanced countries. The data we collated from these schools will also help us monitor the players and check age cheats.
â€œWe are working on the modalities for this league. The plan is to have teams in both male and female categories,â€ said Prince Oyekan.
He said that to develop sports, there should be a focus on grassroots sports, especially school sports.
â€œI like the concept of the Lagos Junior League. It is a brilliant idea that will help nurture players from their schools and guard against age cheats. It is high time we went back to the basics in order to right the wrong in our football,â€ he said.
The chairman also disclosed that the LDFA is planning to organise a 5-Aside Beach Soccer Championship to popularise the game among the people.
He said the LDFA will understudy the international beach soccer tournament which is being staged in Lagos this month to know what it entails to organise the championship.
Prince Oyekan thanked the executives of the Lagos State Football Association, LSFA, led by Seyi Akinwunmi for their support since he assumed office.
â€œWe have been having regular meetings with the state FA. Iâ€™m happy that we have a good working relationship with them for the betterment of the game in our jurisdiction,â€ he said.