The grand finale of this year’s men and women’s Federation Cup in Lagos has been slated for September 15, according to the organisers of the competition, Nigeria Football Federation after a meeting with the host city, the Lagos State government.
At the meeting held at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja, both parties agreed on a number of programmes such as marketing and sponsorship, security and crowd control, closing ceremonies, ticketing, media and publicity prize monies, transport and the parade of stars.
The NFF Director of Competitions, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, who chaired the meeting said:
“We discussed at length on several matters and came to unanimous agreement on most of the issues. You know that both the NFF and Lagos State government have been pre-occupied with the objective of bringing back the glamour of the Federations Cup.
“We are all working towards the same noble goal of making the Federation Cup bigger and better, and the meeting of the Main Organising Committee of the grand finale will harmonise all areas and ensure that we have magnificent organisation this year.”
The semi-final matches of both the men and women Federation Cup competitions come up on 21 August.
Former Cup winners Enyimba sets up Lobi Stars in Benin City while Warri Wolves are up against Akwa United in Bauchi.
In the women’s semis, Rivers Angels line up against Pelican Stars in Abuja while Nasarawa Amazons tackle Bayelsa Queens in Ado Ekiti.
Forty-eight hours before the grand finale, a meeting of the main organising committee takes place, followed by a trophy tour to selected media houses and some NFF partners within Lagos State on 14 September.
The women final starts 1.30pm and the men’s final kicks off later at 4pm.Trophy presentation for both events come up immediately after the men’s final.
The prize monies for the winner, runner-up, most valuable player and top scorer in the two competitions have been agreed upon by the organisers and hosts.