The Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) has disclosed the commencement of the inaugural Ilaji National U-16 Boys Football Tournament scheduled to take place from November 27 to December 3 at Ilaji Stadium and Resort Centre in Akanran, Ibadan, Oyo State.
In an official communication issued by the Federation and endorsed by its National Secretary, Patrick Okpavuerhe, state chapters are urged to prepare their teams, consisting of 20 players, for the upcoming competition. The statement emphasizes that participants must be below the age of 16 years as of December 15, 2023, possess a body weight of 58 kg, and have a height of 175 meters. Each team should be accompanied by three officials, one of whom must be a YSFON official.
States are reminded that teams are expected to arrive on Monday, November 27. The statement assures that a member of the National Organising Committee and an official from the Oyo State YSFON will be present to receive the participating teams. Additionally, states are advised to confirm their team rosters by Friday, November 17, to facilitate the national secretariat in making the necessary arrangements for items such as T-shirts.