Organisers, the Nigeria Football Federation and Host City, Lagos on Wednesday agreed to hold the grand finale of this year’s Men and Women Federation Cup competitions on Sunday, 15th September, 2013.
At a meeting held at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja, both parties also agreed on a number of programmes that will add glamour and essence to the grand finale, which will, for the first time, see the women’s event also concluded same day.
NFF’s Director of Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who chaired the meeting, said both the federation and Lagos State government harmonised on several areas such as ticketing, marketing and sponsorship; media and publicity; security and crowd control; transport; prize monies; events and programmes; medical; parade of stars and; ceremonies on the final day.
“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 Federation 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 grand finale will now come up on Sunday, 15th September, with the Women Final starting at 1.30pm and the Men’s Final kicking off at 4pm.
Presentation of medals for both events will take place after the Men’s Final.
A trophy tour to selected media houses and some NFF partners within Lagos State, designed to sensitise the world about the grand finale, will take place days before the event.
A meeting of the Main Organising Committee will also take place on Friday, 13th September, 48 hours before the grand finale.
Both parties also agreed on prize monies for the Winner, Runner-up, Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer in the two competitions.
Also at the meeting were NFF’s Director of Marketing, Mr. Idris Adama, Assistant Director (Media), Mr. Ademola Olajire, Head of Marketing, Mr. Alizor Chuks, Mrs Oluyomi Oluwasanmi, special assistant to Lagos
State Commissioner for Youth and Sports and Mr. Dotun Coker, member of the board of Lagos State Football Association.
The semi final matches of both the men and women Federation Cup competitions will take place on Wednesday, 21st August.
In the men’s event, Enyimba FC tackles Lobi Stars in Benin City while Warri Wolves are up against Akwa United in Bauchi.
In the women’s, Rivers Angels are up against Pelican Stars in Abuja while Nasarawa Amazons tackle Bayelsa Queens in Ado Ekiti.