This year’s NFF/CBN All –Financial Institutions Football Competition will kick off on Saturday and end on 28thOctober.
This much was disclosed on Wednesday at a press briefing by both organizations at the Glass House, withthe apex bank pledging continued commitment to sponsorship of the competition that is now in its 31st year.
“It is worthy of note that teams from Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), Micro Finance Banks, Financial Regulatory Agencies and other Financial Institutions have indicated their interest to participate in this year’s competition. In recent editions, we have observed an increase in the number of microfinance banks participating in the competition. This is an indication that the impact of this competition is being felt at the grassroots level where budding talents are often discovered and nurtured to a level of national and international recognition.
“In fact, Balogun Fulani MFB from Ilorin is the defending champion, having won the championship for the first time last year. The team has created a record as the first Micro Finance Bank to win the competition since its inception 30 years ago,” said Elder Martins Ogwuda, who stood in for CBN’s Acting Director (Corporate Communications), Mr. Isaac Okoroafor.
NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, who stood in for the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, lauded the Central Bank of Nigeria for keeping faith with the competition for the past 30 years, and promised that the football –ruling body will always provide the best hands to ensure flawless organization of the national event.
This year’s championship will begin with preliminary matches in Akure, Bauchi, Calabar and Owerri. The quarter –final matches will hold at the same venues, with the semi finals in Lokoja and the final in Lafia.
The winner of this year’s competition will go home with the sum of N2million; runners –up will pocket N1.5million; third –placed team will earn N1million and; the fourth –placed team will smile to the bank with N500,000.
Also at the briefing were NFF’s Technical Director, Mr. Bitrus Bewarang, Director of Competitions, Mr. Bola Oyeyode, Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire and Head of Women’s Football, Ruth David.