NFA, LASG Want Fans To Fill Up Stadium


The Lagos State Government and the NFA on Friday appealed to fans to turn out en masse on Sunday for the Federation Cup final at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

NFA’s Chief Media Officer, Ademola Olajire said in a statement on Friday that the final encounter between Aba-based Enyimba FC and Heartland of Owerri would kick-off at 4 p.m.

 It also said that the encounter would be preceded by the third place match between Ocean Boys FC and Bayelsa United both of Bayelsa at 2 p.m.
NFA President Aminu Maigari said on Friday:  “We are appealing to football fans from Lagos, from environs, from everywhere in Nigeria to turn up at the Teslim Balogun Stadium and give the right atmosphere to the oldest and most glamorous competition in this country.

“We enjoin them to come one, come all, and have a wonderful afternoon,” it said.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Youth, Sports, and Social Development, Mr. Waheed Oshodi, also said: “The Lagos State Government wants our football-loving people to be there and give the necessary support to the teams. It will be an unforgettable experience.

 “We believe that both matches will live up to expectation and Lagos State is set to witness another memorable Federation Cup grand finale,” he said.

Enyimba  lifted the trophy twice in the past six years, beating Lobi Stars on penalties in 2005 and edging Sharks FC of Port Harcourt two years ago. But the People’s Elephant lost last year’s final to Kaduna United FC at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.

Heartland, formerly known as Iwuanyanwu Nationale, named after business mogul Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who financed the club for more than a decade, won the trophy in 1988 with a 3-0 victory over Flash Flamingoes of Benin but lost 0-1 to BCC Lions of Gboko the following year and to Plateau United 10 years after.

Ocean Boys FC of Brass, in the race for third place, won the trophy in 2008 after overcoming Gombe United FC 7-6 on penalties. 

Olajire said that the match officials for the epic final would be known after a pre-match meeting by the NFA scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.