One of the most difficult things to do in Africa is organising a proper football league especially in Nigeria due to poor infrastructures, lack of sponsorship, lack of proper organisation, poor officiating, poor travelling arrangement and many more.
Yet some of these militating factors against football leagues in this part of the world were seemingly overcome by a motely group to organise a befitting U20 youth league with teams in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and its environs.
Tagged Abuja Elite League, the first edition of the tournament came to an end penultimate weekend amid pomp and ceremony to the delight of fans and organisers in the main, were excited about the prospect of the project and the possibility of success there lies ahead.
“So, we’ve been having conversations about this league since last year, about our plans to want to develop not to go outside the context of what the FA does, just to align with some of the things that they currently do,” explained Mohamed Kamarudeen, Chairman Turf Arena football club.“ We felt it was important to have an elongated league that will run for at least 10 months.
“The way it is done in Europe and in other climes, whereby we give the players enough time to get engaged and also mingle with the FA organised footballing activities in the FCT.”