Taye Olajide, the Coordinator of the Nigeria Beach Soccer League (NBSL) on Thursday said that beach soccer league would kick-off in the fourth quarter of 2014. Olajide made the disclosure in an interview with newmen in Abuja, noting that registration of participating clubs would soon start.
He said that they would hold a seminar after registration for all stakeholders, including clubs and corporate organizations. The Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has since May 2013 approved the commencement of the beach soccer league in the country.
The NFA gave Sports Solution Ltd the right to develop, organise and administer the beach soccer league in the country in accordance with global best practices. “Our initial statement that the league will start in 2014 still stands, because preparations for the kick-off is underway. Presently, we are doing a lot of fine tuning and documentation in this first quarter and you shall begin to see roll out of events in the second quarter. This will be heralded by call for clubs registration; thereafter; there will be a stakeholder’s forum where everyone shall rub minds. And we are looking at inviting at least someone from Beach Soccer Worldwide or FIFA as one of the resource persons. Details of this shall come out soon,’’ Olajide said.
The coordinator however noted that only eight clubs would be participating at the inaugural edition of the NBSL which is scheduled for Lagos in the fourth quarter of 2014. “Although many clubs have shown interest in participating, we like to start with only eight clubs. This is because we want to achieve a quality and sustainable league that can rival any other in the world, it must take a calculated and gradual developmental process. But, the second season shall witness double of the number of participating clubs with an additional league centre. This, we would progressively implement across the country as we continue to deliver exciting beach soccer league series as a viable going concern,’’ he said.
On sponsorship for the beach soccer league, Olajide said plans were on ground to secure title sponsor/partners before its kick-off.
“All hands are currently on deck to secure sponsors and partners for the beach soccer league and we are very optimistic that some sponsors shall come through before the league starts. We are already in talks with Super Sports to guarantee TV broadcast and a leading radio station in the country has also signified interest with some known corporate brands,’’ he said.