Lagos - The Central Bank of Nigeria has outlined plans for
this year’s NFF/CBN All Financial Institutions Football Competition, with
preliminary matches scheduled to kick off on Sunday, September 13 and the grand
finale to come up in Enugu on Saturday, September 26.
Unveiling the plans at a press parley in Abuja on Thursday,
CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Ibrahim Mu’azu, explained that the
sum of N5million will be handed out as cash prizes, with the winning team to go
home with the sum of N2million and the runner-up to pocket the sum of
The third –placed team will earn N1million and the
fourth-placed will be N500,000 richer.
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“A total of 24 teams have registered for this year’s
competition, from Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), Financial Regulatory Agencies and
other financial institutions. It has been observed that in recent years,
Microfinance Banks have also been participating in the competition.
“This competition, which is in its 29th years, serves as a
platform for the promotion of unity, harmony and peaceful co-existence among
institutions in Nigeria’s financial system. It is an established fact that the
game of soccer is a unifying force globally and as such, a source of national
pride that is devoid of ethnic, regional and political colourations.”
This year’s competition will begin with the preliminary
matches in Ado-Ekiti, Kaduna, Makurdi and Owerri on September 13. The quarter
-final matches will take place in the same centres, while the semifinals will
be played in Calabar and Lokoja, before the finale at the Nnamdi Azikiwe
Stadium, Enugu on September 26.For
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