Plans have reached an advanced stage to resuscitate the once-glamorous ” Manufacturer’s Cup” which is one of the leading grassroots competition in the country.
This was revealed to www.sportspedal.com.ng on Friday by the Chairman of the Ikeja Football Association, Evangelist Kolawole Alagbe.
Our reporter caught up with the chairman, who was at the Nigeria Soccer Federation USA Covid-19 relief package for grassroots players in the division which was held on Friday at the Ikeja Local Government secretariat.
He reveals some of the association plan for the rest of the year as the government lift the ban on contact sports.
” We thank God that we survived the lockdown Sports it affected our plans for the year especially the annual league of the division.
“We are looking at starting the 2020 Ikeja before the year runs out as the players in to get back to the pitch as quickly as possible” stated Alagbe.
The chairman continues “Apart from the league, discussions are in advanced stage to bring back the Manufacturer’s Cup with all the excitement and glamour the competition was noted for”.
The chairman commented on the willingness of the company to float a team for the competition considering the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The response from the companies is encouraging as many of the companies are enthusiastic about participating in the competition.
Most of them view it as part of their cooperate responsibilities to the community and as well contribute to the development of the game in the local government.”
The Manufacturer’s Cup was the toast of grassroots competition in the ’90s in the state as rival companies compete for honours as many burden talents used the platform to hit the limelight.