Saturday Oct 01, 2016. 10:48
Registration for the Football Fives World Championship Nigeria qualifiers has begun in the six geo-political zones across the country with Lagos setting up centres to cater large listing demands by teams.
The teams are expected to formalise their documentation on time latest by the end of October ahead of the commencement of the National qualifiers in November.
According to a release by the technical committee weekend signed by the director technical, Shamshudeen Tijani Yusuf, 12 centres have been set out namely Lagos, Uyo, Calabar, Abuja, Kaduna, Umuahia, Port Harcourt, Aba, Kano, Jos, Owerri and Ibadan.
Yusuf said other centres will come on stream within the week as registration materials were being dispatched in tranches to ensure proper spread as this year’s qualifiers are bigger than previous ones.
“The avalanche of requests from teams seeking registration across the country is really huge and tasking, and we are trying to work within limited resources hence the decision to ensure of every centre gets adequate attention,” he said.
“We’ve decided to limit ourselves to centres we can accommodate but others are feeling left out and have genuinely complained about it.”
He added: “With large sponsorship we would have loved to have centres in each local government in the country because it is a Pan Nigeria event, and it is equivalent to street football which is played in all the nooks and crannies of this country, this is why with the right organisers it is generating so much interest.”
Meanwhile, the foremost sub-LOC in the country Lagos has created zonal offices across state proximity to enable teams have easy access to register at centres close to them.
The sub-LOC franchise licencee, Kainetix Sports CEO, Otisi Ukiwe, revealed that the interest this tournament is generating in Lagos is overwhelming hence they are trying to accommodate as many teams as possible.
“We want Nigeria to raise a compact team for the World Championship in Beijing next year, and also discover more players , who are now are waiting for opportunity to be unveiled,” said Otisi.