LEG LAGOS CHALLENGE™ . . . inspiring the future!
WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE
Tuesday – March 13, 2018. 2pm
Sports Bar, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Gentlemen of The Press.
What we are unveiling to the world today, is a dream of 12years! After the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup – Germany 2006 and several declining performances of our National Teams in age grade football competitions.
A frontline Sports Management firm – DONBALON Sport Commerz® was saddled with the private sector-led mission to identify the challenges and proffer lasting solutions to these ugly trends in our nation’s football history. The results of the field survey and researches were overwhelming but a key part of the practical solutions to these challenges is ensuring a sustainable football culture with durable structures and professional organization in a consistently enabling environment.
The above resulted into critical thinking and consequently, mobilization of human and material resources to put together what we are witnessing today – the birth of LEG LAGOS CHALLENGE, the Festival of Football Academies.
LEG was tactically conceived to reflect the fundamentals of the game of football. It also connotes the physiological growth pattern of every normal human being, signifying Stability, Strength, Maturity and Capacity to move forward.
Therefore, LEG LAGOS CHALLENGE has come to fill this all-important vacuum; offering a credible platform, professional organization and encouraging corporate participation in a value addition relationship nuanced with transparency and accountability.
Ultimately, our aim is to create a youth-centric, sustainable football culture in a genuine effort to revive the passionate Nigerian sporting system.
LLC CORE VALUES:
- Social Changes
- Career Excellence
- Discovery of talents at young ages.
- Setting the stage to display natural passion and flair for footballing.
- Engendering competitive spirits among the participants.
- Inculcating the discipline, ethics and skills into the young footballers as requisites for career development.
- Nurturing and managing the discovered talents into stardom.
- Creating the organized platform for productive engagements among the footballers, managers, scouts, football directors, club owners, the Football Associations and the sporting brands.
The Annual Championship targets participants of verifiable ages between eighteen and twenty three years.
The inaugural edition will compose of sixteen (16) team format, drawn into four (4) different groups i.e. Groups A, B, C and D.
The 10-day Championship is fixed to hold from April 2nd – 8th, 2018 at the Mainbowl of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
As can be deduced from the above, the Annual Festival of Football Academies provides an organized avenue for Clubs’ Scouts, Football Managers, Sport Administrators and National Team Coaches to catch these players young in order to inspire the footballers into future greatness.
It is meant to create a credible platform for talents discovery, providing opportunities to nurture their football careers into stardom both in the local professional leagues and internationally.
Aside from displaying their talents on the field of play, LLC is also organizing a Development Seminar which coincides with the Draw Ceremony on Saturday, the 31st of March 2018. This further corroborates the LLC developmental template to discipline the minds of young footballers, build their competitive spirits and prepare them for prospective careers in the game of football, anywhere in the world.
LLC TEAM PRIZE AWARDS:
- The Winners – First Position (Gold Trophy + Medals + Cash).
- The Runners Up – Second Position (Silver Trophy + Medals + Cash).
- The 2nd Runners Up – Third Position (Bronze Trophy+Medals+Cash).
LLC INDIVIDUAL PRIZE AWARDS:
- Most Valuable Player – in honour of: JAY JAY OKOCHA.
- Highest Goal Scorer – in honour of: RASHIDI YEKINI.
- Best Goal Keeper – in honour of: PETER RUFAI.
- Best Behaved Team (Fair Play) – in honour of: MUTIU ADEPOJU.
- Best Referee – in honour of: LINUS MBA.
- Best Coach – in honour of: SAMSON SIASIA.
- The LEG Star Team – in honour of: THE SPONSOR.
Our Chief Enabler and Motivator-in-Chief is the indefatigable Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who has demonstrated a strong passion for sports development as encapsulated in Project T.H.E.S.E philosophy of his administration. The current sport environment in Lagos is attractive, encouraging and motivating, thus enabling sport ideas and activities to flourish.
The maiden edition of LLC came to reality with the strong support of the Lagos State Sports Commission and the unflinching cooperation of the Lagos State Football Association, who believed in our vision, keyed into this genuine initiative, and approved the staging of the Championship.
I must salute the genuine commitment of Haggai Brand, the local sports wear manufacturing company with international quality standard, for throwing their full weight behind the Championship as Official Kits Suppliers.
We are organizing a local championship of international standard for global audience. Reaching out to the global audience is made possible by the kind support of the ever vibrant Nigerian media. Our sincere appreciation goes to these media outfits – Complete Sports, Lagos Television (LTV), Television Continental (TVC), Kwese Free Sports, Brilla Sports Radio 88.9FM, CampsBay Sports Media, Pooja Media & Communications and the rest of you here, for believing in us and offered to be the Official Media Partners to LEG LAGOS CHALLENGE 2018.
Laredo Foods, we are grateful for providing the refreshment and for your usual support to youth empowerment.
At this juncture, I must state that the cost of organizing a championship of this magnitude is overwhelming for an individual, therefore, we are appealing for sponsorship from our corporate organizations and well-meaning individuals to help us realize our mission for the development of football in Nigeria. We assured the prospective sponsors to derive value-based mileages for their brands and companies. Funds will be judiciously utilized in transparent manner.
DONBALON Sport Commerz®, the organizer of LEG LAGOS CHALLENGE are resolute to make the positive difference with this Championship designed to create a niche for pure passion, natural flair and fair competition among the football academies in Nigeria and beyond, organized in a professional atmosphere using the best of facilities, soccer personnel, technology and global media.
With the support of all stakeholders, please be assured that, LEG LAGOS CHALLENGE has come to stay in our annual sports calendar!
Kindly visit our website – www.leglagoschallenge.com for updates and activities of LLC and on our social media platforms:
We are counting on your unalloyed support to have a befitting, successful Championship. Thank you!
Hon. Abdoulbaq Ladi Balogun
Director – General