WorldStage Newsonline-- The Nigeria Football Federation has praised the Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) for procuring a new, all-silver, giant-size trophy for the Federation Cup competition.
Governor Fashola’s gesture was revealed during a meeting between the NFF leadership and the Chairman of Lagos State Football Association, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi and his deputy, Alhaji Tade Azeez at the NFF Secretariat on Wednesday.
“Governor Fashola will present the new trophy to the NFF President and his team inside the Council Chambers of Lagos State Government House on Monday, July 16,” stated Akinwunmi.
Responding, NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, who was in company with General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu and Director of Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said the Federation was overjoyed by the gesture and really appreciated the sports-loving Governor.
“Governor Fashola is a man of class and standard, and he has always been ready to show how much he loves sports, particularly football. We praise for the gesture of a new trophy for the Federation Cup competition and will certainly be there to receive the trophy from him.
“The NFF is also enamoured by the several football development programmes that Governor Fashola is championing in Lagos State, such as the Eko Football Future Stars and the upcoming Soccerex Lagos event. The NFF is fully in support of these programmes.”
Lagos State will host the grand finale of this year’s Federation Cup, in line with a four-year agreement signed with the Nigeria Football Federation in 2010.
The grand finale of this year’s competition has now been fixed for Sunday, August 26 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Lagos is also one of the four centres for the group stage competition starting on Monday, July 26.