Disu begs Lagos to sustain Junior League
Former Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Tunde Disu, is pleading with the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to sustain the Lagos Junior league, which has produced some quality players for the national teams and also aided the state to dominate the football event at the last National Sports Festival, tagged Eko 2012.
Disu, who is the executive secretary of the league, believes more players have come through the competition to represent Nigeria at major competitions, saying “since the Lagos Junior league started in 2010, it has unearthed the likes of Taiwo Awoniyi, Akinjide Idowu, Victor Osimhen, who were members of the victorious Golden Eaglets World Cup winning team in 2013 and 2015.”
He added: “Specifically, Winfred Ndidi, a member of the Super Eagles, who now plies his trade in Belgian top league, is another product of Lagos Junior League. Nine members of the victorious Lagos Team that won the football event of the 2012 National Sports Festival tagged Eko 2012 were regulars in the Lagos Junior League. The successes recorded in the league cannot be quantified as it has also serves as an empowerment platform for referees, players, coaches, match commissioners, ball boys and stewards.”
The former national team handler also said, “Teams like Nath Boys, Apapa Golden Stars, Surulere, and Ikorodu, among others, have shown that with more support they can produce quality players for the country. All these teams have conducted themselves professionally and this has also become models for teams at grassroots level.”
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