By Jacob Ajom
For football-starved Lagos football fans, a new dawn is here as a group of seven individuals have put resources together and acquired the former Julius Berger Football Club of Lagos from the construction firm owners. The new club is called Bridge FC of Lagos.
Speaking on the ground-breaking venture, a member of the group, Emmanuel Ibru told our correspondent that the group felt it necessary to fill the void created by the winding up of clubs like Stationery Stores of Lagos and absence of a top professional league club in the state.
Ibru who once ran an amateur club, Racing FC said that the group was driven by a passion for the beautiful game and the need to give Lagos youth a future through the club.
“For the first time a group of entrepreneurs will come together and shoulder the risk to run a football club as business. We want to introduce modern methods of managing a truly professional club in Nigeria,” Ibru said.
He informed that the club which is in the national professional division one league, will use the Agege stadium as its base
Lagos, once the centre of high calibre club sides like the defunct Stationery Stores, ACB FC and lately, Julius Berger FC have reeled under the status of a breeding ground for clubs around the ountry as the state has no professional league club.
Berger which began in Lagos relocated to neighbouring Ogun state in the late Nineteen nineties when Onikan stadium which was the club’s base was undergoing renovation, ahead of the Nigeria ‘99 FIFA U-29 World Cup. The club never returned until it final days.
It is the club that the group acquired, Emma Ibru explained