No fewer than 84 clubs have signified their readiness for this year’s edition of Winners Golden Bet/Lagos FA Cup, slated to kick off next week, the organisers have said.

The Lagos State Football Association Vice-Chairman, Tade Azeez, disclosed this at press briefing/draw ceremony, held in Lagos on Tuesday.

According to him, this year’s edition of the tournament promises to be exciting, as the association was unable to host it for two years consecutively due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are not restricting the games to Lagos metropolis this time. Rather, we will ensure that games are played in other parts in the state like Epe and Ikorodu.

“Due to the ongoing refurbishing of our stadia by the state government, matches will be played at NITEL ground, Oshodi, Maracana in Ajegunle, Legacy Pitch, National Stadium, Surulere and other centres,” he stated.

Azeez said that modalities had been put in place for good officiating, with assurance of security of lives and property during the tournament.

“We have not had issues with officiating in the FA Cup in the last five years. Our referees have done good job and will sustain the standard. So, there won’t be any problem in that regard,” he said.

The Regional Manager, Winners Golden Bet, Adedeji Beecroft, said that the winners of this year’s tournament would pocket the sum of N1million, while the second placed team would be rewarded with the sum of N500,000.

“For the female category, the winners will get the sum of N500,000, while the first runners will pocket the sum of N300,000.

“The teams will be kitted from the quarterfinals stage of the competition, just as the Man of the Match award in all matches will be adequately rewarded,” he said. (NAN)