Organisers of the Football Five Aside World Championship have assured the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that the country will not be lagging behind in subsequent international street football competitions including the FUTSAL.
It could be recalled that Nigeria could not participate in this year’s FIFA organised FUTSAL World Cup that will be rounded up this weekend in Colombia due to financial issues according to NFF sources.
This is why I-Sports Coliseum Limited, the licensee for the Football 5 Aside World Championship ( F5WC), said that with the football house partnership, the competition will be a veritable ground to not only raise a national team, but shopping for sponsors for Nigeria national teams in the five aside football category.
Boma Jacks, the CEO of I-Sports Coliseum Limited, said the NFF alone cannot develop football in the country if other interests are not involved especially serious organisers with genuine interest to complement the federation’s efforts.
“For the 2017 edition, which is expected to be the biggest and better organised in terms of team participation and nationwide reach, the LOC is taking the qualifiers to almost all the states in Nigeria making it a Pan Nigerian event,” Jacks disclosed.
“The qualifiers are expected to last for two months, kicking off in November 2016 and ending in December 2016.”
Six zones have already been mapped out for the National Qualifying games, but each state will host the state qualifying games where 32 teams are expected to qualify for the national finals slated for Lagos next year.
September and October 2016 have been fixed for teams’ registration, while the November is billed for the kick off of zonal qualifiers.
The zonal qualifying games will take off simultaneously in all centres across the country.
At the press conference held in Lagos this week, the technical director, Shamshudeen Yusuf, revealed that zonal winners will be catered for by the organisers.
“We’ll take care of the 32 teams’ transportation, accommodation and other logistics during the three-day event,” he said.
“We know the teams will be compensated however since we’re dealing with amateur players who must be well catered for.”