A new Nigeria national League Club, 1472 FC owned by business-mogul, Dozy Mmobuosi has been unveiled in Lagos State.
Recall that Dozy Mmobuosi who is Chief Executive officer of TINGO was in 2022 linked with a bid to purchase English club Sheffield United FC.
Following the failed attempt, the business-mogul has returned to float a club in Nigeria.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of 1472 FC, club CEO Dr Segun sanni revealed the club’s homeground amongst other takeoff details.
” We will be playing our home matches at the Onikan Stadium but will return to Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere which is our base,” said Sanni.
“We’ve named the club[1472 FC] so because a Portuguese explorer gave Lagos that name that year and we feel it is fitting to do so,” he said.
1472 FC have a feeder (youth team) and are working on putting in place a women’s team, according to Sanni. The club has plans to also take off with their academy in January of 2024.
At the unveiling event, npllywood Actor turned Politician and Lagos House of Assembly member, Honourable Desmond Elliott, Honourable Abiodun Orekoya, and Surulere local government chairman, Sulaiman Bamidele Yusuf bared their mind on the founding and take-off of 1472 FC.
Elliot said: “It is a good time to have a football club in 1472 FC in Surulere. From inception, we have been involved with the plan and it is good to see it come to reality. The club will be run professionally from management to players.”
Orekoya said the vision to set the club up in Surulere is good as the town is “home of football in Nigeria.”
“Surulere is the home of football in Nigeria and I am glad that you are bringing that back now with this club. I want this to become the best club in Nigeria in the near future. These gentlemen have a good vision as it concerns the formation of this club,” Orekoya said.
Yusuf said: “I am happy to see this happen during my administration. This is the sports city and it has two stadia recognized by FIFA. Football is not a small business, it is big and 1472 FC has come to stay and will open the doors for others to follow in other communities.”
1472 FC have since unveiled Otega Deniran as head Coach for the 2023 /2024 season.