By Sab Osuji:
The 2016 edition of the annual global beach soccer tournament, tagged COPA Lagos, organized by Kinetic Sports Management has been scheduled to kick off on December 11 at the Eko Atlantic City, Completesportsnigeria.com
Sports, music, dance, fashion and celebrity entertainment, as usual, will feature at the event.
This year’s event will feature three matches namely; the Club Challenge between Enyimba FC and the Pepsi Football Academy, a Celebrity Match between Super Eagles ex internationals and popular Nigerian celebrities.
The final game will be between the Nigeria beach soccer team, the Super Sand Eagles and the national beach soccer team of Switzerland, led by Dejan Stankovic, who emerged as the 2016 Beach Soccer top scorer with 63 goals in 28 matches.
Samson Adamu, Managing Director of Kinetic Sports, organizers of the annual COPA Lagos explained that this year's edition is limited to a one day event because of the upcoming CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations tournament – which also serves as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifier for Africa.
He disclosed that COPA Lagos beach soccer tournament is aimed at generating revenue for the nation through tourism.
"Our dream is to make Copa Lagos bigger than just a beach football tournament," the son of former Nigeria FIFA and CAF Executive Committee member, Dr Amos Adamu said at a media parley Thursday in Lagos.
"It will also be a major spectacle that will put Nigeria in the global tourism space and promote beach lifestyle in Lagos.”
Adamu junior promised that this year’s edition of the tournament will be more exciting than the previous ones as organizers have diversified their scope beyond beach soccer games to include an experiential event for all participants and attendees amidst the multi-faceted activities to be enjoyed.
He said the multi-dimensional focus was as a result of Kinetic Sports management’s desire to showcase and support the ever-increasing Nigerian music and entertainment industry.
As a prelude to COPA Lagos, Kinetic Sports has also lined up several interesting activities including a CSR event, tagged “Clean the Beach”, which is aimed at conserving the beach, encouraging cleanliness in the environment and preserving marine life.
The exercise will involve over 200 people, including football players, staﬀ, sponsors and other volunteers.
A Beach Soccer Kids Clinic – a training and mentorship programme for kids in Lagos State is also being organized.
The initiative will bring together over 100 kids between the ages of 8 and 14 years to the beach to play football with Beach Soccer Stars and Celebrity Players acting as coaches and will teach them the importance of sports for mental development and education.
The exercise is in partnership with the Lagos State Sports Commission who will bring the kids from various schools in Lagos State.
Other activities include a Grand Reception, Media Tour, After Party, Fashion Show, Flash Mob, Ride With Me, After Party and a Concert.