Ex-International Friday Ekpo would be guest of honour at the final of the this year’s edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)- Sponsored All Financial Institutions’ Football Competition (AFIFC) slated for the U.J Esuene Stadium, Calabar on September 25.
The Organizers of the event, announced this on Thursday, that hostilities will start at different venues Saturday with preliminary stages and quarter finals of the competition fixed in Lafia, Nasarawa State and Osogbo, Osun State
Participating teams in the 24-team tournament have been drawn for the preliminary group matches which kicks off Saturday at Lafia and Osogbo, organizer say.
“The preliminary and quarter final matches of the 24-team competition have been scheduled 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, September 22, 2021.
“The finals and third-place matches will be decided inside the main bowl of the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday, September 25, 2021.”
Osita Nwanisobi, CBN’s Director, Corporate Communications Department who briefed journalists said Ekpo, ex- Super Eagles midfield maestro would grace the finals in Calabar as Special Guest, adding that the competition itself will be played ”with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols instituted by the President”.
According to him winners of this year’s competition, like in the previous year 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.
Nwanisobi reiterated the Bank’s commitment to the promotion and development of sporting activities in the country, as part its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and commended the Nigeria Football Federation for its loyalty.
It will be recalled that the Central Bank of Nigeria Football Club (CBN FC) won the 2019 All Financial Institutions’ Football Club (AFIFC) competition, after they beat the Unity Bank Football Club by a lone goal at the Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium, formerly known as Abakaliki Township Stadium. The competition, however, did not hold in 2020 due to the Corona virus pandemic.