SEC, CBN win 34th edition of All Financial Institutions Football Competition, grab N6m
Captain of SEC team receives his trophy from Samuel Okogbue, representative of CBN governor
By Akpan David Calabar
Security and Exchange Commission football Club, Abuja, Central Bank of Nigeria, Calabar and Federal Inland Revenue Service, Abuja have emerged winners of this year’s All Financial Institutions Football Competition (AFIFC) concluded at UJ Esuene Stadium Calabar Saturday night.
They have respectively smiled away with N2 million (1st prize), N1.5m (2nd) and N1m (3rd). The consolatory prize of N500,000 went to Babayaro Microfinance Bank, Gombe which came up fourth in the 34-team competition.
Governor Godwin Emefiele of CBN, the sponsors of the tournament who was represented by the deputy director of corporate communications, Samuel Okogbue presented the laurels.
The finals saw SEC beating CBN after full time which ended 0-0, but won by 5-4 penalty kicks.
FIRS Football team Abuja spanked Bubayaro Microfinance Bank football team of Gombe State 2-0.
Emefiele said their intention is to boost greater understanding amongst the financial institutions and discover new, younger football talents, adding that they have succeeded since inception.
“All Financial Institutions Football Competition (AFIFC) started in 1979 and has since become a significant tournament, which has produced renowned stars of blessed memory like Stephen Keshi. Others include Henry Nwosu and Kanu Nwankwo.”
He said they will annually make the football tournament more exciting being part of their corporate social responsibility.
“Let me assure that the CBN remains committed to the sponsorship of this tournament. We also remain committed to making positive contributions towards promoting football and other sports such as golf and tennis”, he said.
Special guest of honour, an ex-Super Eagle Friday Ekpo remarked that the finalists had displayed good technical skills.
Ekpo said, “I have been very impressed watching these players exhibit good talents, skills and relationship amongst themselves. Tactical approaches were okay but more need be done.
“I believe we can get young and talented players from tournaments like this to build our U-17 and U-23 teams and pass them to the Super Eagles. This way, we can have a pool of talented players that will play up to ten or 12 years in the national teams.
“I encourage CBN to continue with this football promotion and talents hunt.”