• Eyo Masquerade is mascot
By Onochie Anibeze
Lagos State,  under    Governor Babatunde Fashola, has continued to build foundation for the rebirth of the state as the home of football in the country.

Eyo Masquerade, mascot of the Lagos International Youth Cup. Photo: Diran Oshe.

They long lost their place even in sports generally. But Fashola has continued to march on. The state hosts the FA Cup final on Sunday. On August 2, the youth teams of Valencia of Spain, Genoa of Italy, Supersport of South Africa and Team Lagos will vie for honours in the Lagos International Youth Cup, a competition commissioner of sports Adeniji-Adele hoped would outlast Fashola’s  second tenure as governor of the state.

He said it was part of the government’s programme to develop sports in the state and that it was open to sponsors. And with the tax holiday soon to be extended to corporate sponsors, Adeniji-Adele hoped that many companies would associate with Lagos State to make the Lagos International Youth Cup an event Nigerians would look forward to every year. He spoke during the unveiling of the mascot for the competition at the Metropolitan Club in Lagos.

The draws were also held. The Lagos team will engage Valencia in the opening match on Sunday, August 2 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium at 2 pm. The second match same day will be between Supersport and Genoa.  Supersport and Team Lagos will kick off the next tie of the competition on Wednesday and it will be followed by Valencia-Genoa match. The competition ends on August 8 with Team Lagos and Genoa playing the  first match.  Supersport
and Valencia will end the show thereafter.

The Eyo Masquerade, playing a soccer ball, is the mascot of the competition. Eyo is the iconic symbol of a rich culture in Lagos State. Adeniji-Adele explained that the Eyo Masquerade is also a sign of peace and friendship which are the attributes Lagos State is poised to achieve with the competition that will be of international standards.

“This is to foster good relationship and to associate with the best in the world. We have chosen to start with youth teams and what you will see of the Lagos team will be an extension of the Principal’s Cup. Our team has been in camp for about two months now and they are the real Under-17 players. It will all be fun when the games begin.”


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