2021 NFF, CBN All Financial Institutions Tourney Kicks-Off On Saturday… Calabar Hosts Final

September 10 02:09 2021

Benedict Nwachukwu, Abuja

The Nigeria Football Federation sanctioned All Financial Institutions’ Football Competition sponsored by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN will kick-off on Saturday, September 11 as ex-international midfield maestro Friday Ekpo has been named special guest of honour at the finals slated for the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar.

The organisers stated that the group stages of the competition will hold between Saturday, 11th and Thursday, 16th while quarter finals matches will be played on Sunday the 19th.

The preliminary and quarter final matches of the 24-team competition have been billed for Lafia, Nasarawa State and Osogbo, Osun State, while the semi-finals will be played at the Uyo Township Stadium, Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday, 22nd.

The finals and third-place matches will be decided inside the main bowl of the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday, September 25.

Director, Corporate Communications Department of the CBN, Osita Nwanisobi while briefing the sporting media in Abuja disclosed that all the games will be played with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols instituted by the President.

Nwanisobi also disclosed that the winners of this year’s competition, like in the year before the COVID-19 induced break, will pocket the sum of N2,000,000, while the runners-up will receive N1,500,000.

The second runners-up and the fourth-placed teams will each receive the sums of N1,000,000 and N500,000, respectively.

He reiterated the Bank’s commitment to the promotion and development of sporting activities in Nigeria, through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) window.

It will be recalled that the Central Bank of Nigeria football club (CBN FC) won the 2019 All Financial Institutions’ Football Club (AFIFC) competition, by defeating the Unity Bank football club by a lone goal at the Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium, formerly known as Abakaliki Township Stadium in Ebonyi state.

The competition, however, did not hold in 2020 due to the Corona virus pandemic that ravaged the world, leading to the suspension of all sporting activities.

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