Lagos, Nigeria is one city that is well known in Africa and even beyond. For years, it has been making names for itself around the globe, politically (being the capital of Nigeria then), economically and in the area of sports, which is my area of concentration in this piece.
Lagos has experienced some good times in the past, as far as sports is concerned, specifically football, the topic of discussion here. The good days when football clubs like Stationery Stores, NPA, Julius Berger, First Bank and Union Bank were entertaining Lagosians with their football prowess at different locations in the state.
The good old days have become history, the tide has changed, Lagos football has gone to bed, the current situation of football is nothing to write home about, football has become a thing of the past in the state, all that remains now are grass root football, which now entertains during festivals in the state.
As of today, Lagos is having no football club in the Premier League, Julius was the last on the pack, it went into oblivion after it was defeated by Etoile Du Sahel of Tunisia at the Final of the Caf Cup of 2004. Julius Berger beat Etoile by a lone goal in the first leg in Lagos, during the second leg, they were unable to withstand the firepower of Etoile’s striking force, which was led by A Nigerian, Ugochukwu Obiakor.
Since the disappointing outing, Julius Berger was never heard of again, and they became history, leaving Lagos with no Club to continue on the glory of the state’s football.
The National Stadium at Surulere was the home of the Super Eagles, the whole area was always agog whenever the national team is playing any opponent. It is very hard to beat the Eagles on this turf, the support was always massive, and it goes a long way in motivating them to victory.
Lagos which was once the capital of football is now football-starved, no more league entertainment in Lagos, Teslim, Mobolaji Johnson, and the National Stadia are now empty space wasting away in the street of Lagos. Professional football is on a long sleep in Lagos, till God knows when.