Lagos plans big for 2016 Yuletide celebration, sports tourism

Posted: December 4, 2016 in general

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The Lagos State Government has revealed plans to package a grand and elaborate Yuletide celebration this year which will commence with the forthcoming Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2016.

Speaking while unveiling Lagos as Host City for the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2016, Wednesday, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, also announced that the state government plans to build five new stadia in the different divisions of the state in its quest to promote excellence in sports and market the state through sports tourism.

Ayorinde stated that Lagos as the Centre of Excellence had been number one in sports and entertainment and believed in using sports to sell the mega city.

Ayorinde said that the government was sponsoring the 2nd Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations, holding from December 13 to18 at the Eko Atlantic, because it believed in showcasing not just sports but its tourism potential.

He noted that two major components had been built into the hosting – sports and tourism, arts and entertainment – to achieve the state’s quest to make Lagos the sports hub in Africa.

“The state government has planned a package for the Yuletide which will commence immediately the competition ended with the first ever Lagos City Carnival.

“It will also organise the Lagos State fiesta which will hold simultaneously in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island divisions, ending on December 31.

“This year’s events have been well planned to ensure that people relaxed and enjoyed themselves during the Christmas and New Year festivities under tight security.”

The Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations, previously known as the CAF Beach Soccer Championship prior to 2016, is the main international championship for beach soccer in Africa.

Also referred to as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers for African Football Confederation (CAF), the championship was established in 2006.

The winner and runners-up qualify to represent the continent at the forthcoming FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Nigeria has won it twice in 2007 and 2009, while Madagascar won the 2015 edition.

(NAN)

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