After months of preparations from the National Qualifiers to Pre-Tournament promotions and training routine for its gamers, the Lagos Esports Forum (LESF) has been barred from participating at the inaugural Global Esports Games 2021 following the travel ban imposed on Nigeria by the Singaporean government due to the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus.
The development came as a shock to the officials of the wholly private Esports organization which has been at the forefront of driving the activities of the Global Esports Federation (GEF) in Nigeria and Sub-Sahara Africa.
Speaking on the development, Team Manager of Team LESF, Ife Akintaju said it was a painful loss for the Games that the power of Naija will not be experienced at the inaugural Esports showpiece. He further stated that having met all the requirements from vaccination to travel insurance as well as the PCR test which would have been done before departure, it was largely unnecessary for Singapore to ban the Team LESF’s contingent of 4 – 2 players and 2 officials from the country especially as they were billed to be in a bubble.
You would recall that Chukwudi Okoli (Street Fighter V) and Trust Ehiguese (eFootball 2022) were billed to represent Team LESF at the Global Esports Games from on December 18 & 19, 2021 where they will square up against gamers from over 30 other countries.
The Lagos Esports Forum, made the official announcement on their social media and also thanked their sponsors for their support.