The Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan will host matches at the Lagos pre season tournament organized by the Lagos State Football Association under the leadership of Ogboni Fouad Oki scheduled to kick off on Saturday, 16 September, 2023.
The pre-season tournament organised by the Lagos State Football Association will serve as a preparatory event for the teams that will compete in the Nigeria National League and Nationwide League One.
Three NNL and 13 NLO teams were drawn to compete at the tournament with the clubs pulled into four groups of four teams each for the preliminary round.
In Group A are: First Bank FC, Real Sapphire, Lekki United and Broad City. Tradesafe Sports FC, A.S Racine, Emmydinho FC and BYT FC are in group B.
Smart City FC, Okaka FC, TCCG FC and Dannaz FC are in group C while 2023 Lagos FA Cup Champions, Ikorodu City are pitched in group C alongside Spartans FC, Magic Stars and Buruj FC.
Speaking at the press conference and the draws for the tournament, Vice Chairman, Lagos State Football Association, Liameed Gafar said the tournament will help the teams to test their players ahead of the forthcoming season.
Liameed stated further that the quality of quality of officiating will be top notch through out the tournament and urged the teams to use the championship to expose and showcase their players.
Ex-Nigerian international goalkeeper, Peter Rufai commended the LSFA under the leadership of Fouad Oki for putting the tournament together in order to get the teams ready for the 2023/2024 campaign.
He said it will keep them on their toes into the various leagues. “It will be an opportunity for the coaching department to assess themselves and the players in examining their strengths and weaknesses”,said Rufai.
First Bank FC and Real Sapphire will clash in the opening match of the five day tournament. Eight matches will played on each day during the group phase. The final is scheduled to hold on Friday, September 22nd.