Deji Tinubu, chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, has appealed to all involved in organising the CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations tournament to ensure its success for the benefit of youths.
Tinubu, who made the appeal on Monday in Lagos, said the organisers of the tournament should use it to further ensure that Lagos because the biggest sports hub in Africa.
He told NAN that the incumbent administration in the state was using sports to bring development to its citizens, especially the youth.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tournament, slated for Dec. 13 to Dec. 18, at the Eko Atlantic Beach is being organised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and tournament’s Local Organising Committee (LOC).
Tinubu told NAN that engaging the masses in sports was a great tool in curbing societal ills and providing source of income for the teeming youths.
“We want Nigeria to look good and be successful, so, we will do the best we can by taking advantage of every opportunity to achieve greatness.
“We will work closely with the NFF and the LOC for the tournament to see the best of sports in Lagos.
“We are delighted that this administration is all out to support sports and we won’t restrict support to just a few but all sports.
“Lagos will give 100 per cent cooperation to the success of sports so that we can get the best out of it,” he said.
NAN reports that the Lagos State Government had pledged its support toward the success of the CAF organised tournament.
The CAF AFCON Beach Soccer competition, now in its second edition, was initially hosted by Beach Soccer Worldwide.
Eight African countries have qualified for the event, tagged “Nigeria 2016” which will also serve as qualification competition for the 2017 World Beach Soccer Tournament billed for Bahamas.
The participating countries are host Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire in Group A and Madagascar, Libya, Senegal and Morocco in Group B.
The two best teams in the tournament will qualify to represent Africa at the Bahamas 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup.