Lagos J-League kicks off in February — Director
Hostilities among clubs will resume in the much awaited Lagos Junior League (J-League) as it kicks-off in February after over one year, its Technical Director, Tunde Disu, has said.
Disu, who made the disclosure in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos, said innovations that would make it more business oriented had been introduced.
NAN reports that the J-League, sponsored by Lagos State and Local Government (LGs) and Local Government Development Councils (LCDAs) is aimed at grassroots development of football.
The J-League, however, has been living up to expectations as it has produced some young talented footballers for the national teams, while some are plying their trade in Europe.
Disu said that the hindrances causing the delay of the commencement of the league had been taken care of, while the teams from the LGs and the LCDAs were now ready to trade tackles in the competition.
“We are now at the final stage of the preparation, the final screening will start on Monday and we already have 18 clubs from the LGs and LCDAs already fulfilled all the requirements.
“Many of the local councils that knew the importance of the league are already calling for its immediate commencement but we also have to give others chance too.
“The league first batch of 18 that are already registered will start the league, while others will follow in a month after the commencement of the first batch.
“Some of the councils have fulfilled all the requirements and they have recruited those that will play for them,’’ he said.
Disu said that the league would be more competitive due to the response from other private interest coming into the league.
“We are expecting the league to be more competitive because some academies also want to play in the league and this will give more credit to the league.
“The league is all about grassroots development of football and so, we don’t want to leave anybody out of it; the league is a public entity.
“The Lagos State Government has given a charge that the economy of the state would be improved through some selected sectors which sports and football plays a major role in.
“We are also mindful of the immense support given to us by the state government, hence we will not relent from being part of the history that will make Lagos State great,’’ he said.