Lawrence Akpokona: Copa Lagos should be the springboard for a beach soccer league

The Insurance coach has said that it is possible to have a thriving beach football league in Nigeria using the Copa Lagos as a building block

Former Warri Wolves coach, Lawrence Akpokona has said that the football authorities should take advantage of the Copa Lagos to plan for a beach soccer league in Nigeria.

Akpokona who now handles Insurance of Benin in the Nigeria National League noted that there are several advantages to be derived from using the Copa Lagos soccer tournament as the platform to drive a beach soccer league in the country.

"The opportunity has been provided by Copa Lagos and the football house should not waste time in doing the right thing by starting a beach soccer league.

"There are several advantages to be derived from having a beach soccer league. Our players can retire from playing in the regular football league and start playing beach soccer immediately.

"You will notice that all the players in the Super Sand Eagles are regular players in the Nigeria Premier League and National League.

"It is not supposed to be so. The beach soccer league will also give jobs to former players and coaches and corporate bodies will come and sponsor the league and a lot of people will be employed. 

"Former players can also use the opportunity to make money from playing in the beach soccer league.

"The tournament started last year and will also take place this week in Lagos, so this is the time to start the process of a league.

"I know it will work out well if we do it well," Akpokona concluded.

Nigeria, Lebanon, Argentina and Portugal will take part in this year's Copa Lagos starting from December 14-16 in Lagos at the Eko Atlantic City beach front. The Super Sand Eagles are the defending champions after beating Brazil in last year’s final.