Bridge F.C.

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Bridge Football Club
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Full name Bridge Football Club
Nickname(s) The Bridge Boys
Founded 1976
Ground Agege Stadium
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Godson Uti
Manager Danmola Lateef
League Metro Pro League
Website [[1] Club home page]

Bridge Football Club is a Nigerian football club based in Lagos that was founded in the mid-1970s. As a result of an association with the Julius Berger construction company, the club was known as Julius Berger Football Club until 2010. The club has won national championships and competed internationally. Players such as David Adekola, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Taribo West, Sunday Oliseh, Samson Siasia, Emmanuel Amuneke, Rashidi Yekini, Garba Lawal, and Mutiu Adepoju have played for the club.

History[edit]

Until 2006, the club played in the Nigerian Premier League, but their owners announced plans to close the club by 2008. However, outgoing Chairman of the board of directors Mobolaji Johnson (a former governor of Lagos State) said in August 2008 that the company has steadied their finances and are prepared to fully fund the team in 2008/09.

They played their final 2008 home games at the University of Lagos after Onikan Stadium was shut down for the rest of the season. Berger temporarily relocated to Abeokuta for two years in 2004. [2]

In July 2010, the team was bought by seven private individuals. The club was renamed "Bridge Football Club".[1] Bridge Football Club featured in the Nigerian National League (NNL) in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons and finished third (3rd) and fourth (4th) respectively. The club have a staff strength of over seventy (70) including players and coaches of their academy 'BRF Academy'.

However, in Dec. 2012 just before the 2012 Nigeria National League season the team tried to sell their league slot to Ekiti-based Fountain F.C. They withdrew from the league when the sale fell through. This left their future participation in Nigerian football in doubt, but they participated in the 2013 Lagos State Federation Cup and joined the Lagos-based Private Professional Football League 'Metro Pro League' for the 2013/2014 season and finished second (2nd) in the maiden season of the elite private professional football league. [3]

Achievements[edit]

1991, 2000.
1996, 2002.
  • Nigerian Super Cup: 2
2000, 2002.
  • Metro Pro League: 2013/2014
2nd Position

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2001 – Group Stage
2004 – First Round
1992: Second Round
1995 – Finalist
1997 – Second Round
2003 – Finalist

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Ajom, Jacob (6 December 2010). "Hurrah! Lagos gets new club". Vanguard.