Lagos State Government said it has concluded plans to host the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Nations Cup tournament.
The championship which will determine the best beach soccer nation in Africa is scheduled to hold from 13 December to 18 December at Eko Atlantic City.
Addressing media, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said hosting the competition is aimed at projecting Lagos positively to the world.
“Lagos is known for excellence in sports and entertainment and we’re projecting these traits at the Beach Soccer AFCON.
“We’ll use the hosting of this huge event to sell our mega city dream. We’re the centre of excellence and the most populous city in Nigeria.
“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s vision is to use arts and culture, entertainment and sports to drive the megacity, and this event will enhance this vision.
“Sports is paramount in the activities of the state and we believe this championship is a good platform to showcase the best of what Lagos can offer in terms of culture and entertainment.”
The Special Adviser to the governor on Sports and Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu revealed that governor Akinwunmi Ambode, is keen about sports and is determined to make the state the hub of sports in Africa.
“Our job is made easy with His Excellency (Ambode), who is a sport lover. He is very conscious about youth development in Lagos state through sports.
“So we decided to embark on various sporting activities to prevent the youth from social vices. For the Beach Soccer, there are provisions for engaging the fans.
“We have also made plans for shuttle buses to convey fans to the arena. We are also working closely with the Local Organizing Committee for a commendable opening and closing ceremonies.”
Nigeria is zoned in Group A alongside Ghana, Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire while Group B has Madagascar, Libya, Morocco and Senegal.