Nigeria Beach Soccer League Coordinator Seeks Growth Of Sport

By Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka

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The Coordinator of the Nigeria Beach Soccer League, Mahmud Hadeija, said the body remains committed to facilitating enablers for the game to excel in the nation.

Speaking with Sports Writers during the second round of the ongoing 2024 Nigeria Beach Soccer League at Nnewi High School Beach Soccer Pitch, he said it would not relent in developing the sport through staging competitions.

While describing the game as unique and one of the fastest growing league in Nigeria, he stressed that through the game youngsters could demonstrate their skills and participate actively on a national scale.

Hadeija, who is the President of the African Beach Soccer League, emphasised that fostering a robust Beach Soccer League in the nation could enhance the growth of the game and nation’s global sports presence.

The Coordinator of the Nigeria Beach Soccer League, Mahmud Hadeija.

“The good thing now is that we have the league that is on going for the fourth year, fourth season consistently and gradually both on the technical aspect, organisational aspect and also the structure of the teams,” Hadeija said.

“I will largely say Africa and the world is taking note of what is happening. We have been going to other states across the nation to introduce the game. But I must be honest, Anambra is different, Nnewi in particular has been wonderful.”

He expressed gratitude to the Anambra State Beach Soccer Association for successful hosting the event and providing the players with support services to pursue success.

“This is the first time Nnewi is hosting this kind of national competition of this magnitude. This game is open for the whole of the country, whoever that is interested can us.”

Contributing, Chairman, Anambra State Beach Soccer Association,Victor Madubuko, said his gift for innovation and passion for doing something new spurred him to contribute to the development of the game.

“I love the game and familiar with it in United States. l had been discussing on how we could make an impact in the community where we are from,” Madubuko said.

“And we decided to focus on Beach Soccer as a way to create opportunity for our young men,also as a way to engage them”

Madubuko said he was glad that the collaboration with stakeholders and sponsors including Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) was yielding the desired result.

“I have been talking to some of my friends, encouraging them to form their own clubs.So,we are encouraging that and speaking with enthusiasts because i believe anything worth doing is worth doing well,” he added.

One of the highest goal scorers in the league, Chimobi Ekwo from the Anambra State Beach Soccer Team, said the team which has remained unbeaten so far, would not relent in its determination to excel in the Super Four Competition slated to hold in Kaduna.

Six teams from Kebbi, Kaduna, Jigawa and Anambra States are participating in the League.

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