At an impressive ceremony inside the Council Chambers of Lagos State Governor’s Office, Alausa, Ikeja on Monday, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) handed over the brand-new, all-silver, giant-size Federation Cup competition trophy to the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation.
Governor Fashola took a break from the Executive Council meeting to meet NFF President Aminu Maigari, 1st Vice President Mike Umeh, Executive Committee Members Chris Green and Ayodeji Tinubu, General Secretary Musa Amadu, Lagos State FA chairman Seyi Akinwunmi, deputy chairman Tade Azeez and other members of LSFA. And in the full glare of his full Council, Fashola handed over the trophy saying he wanted the Federation Cup grand finale never to leave Lagos again.
Lagos State Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Hon. Wahid Enitan Oshodi introduced the members of the NFF and LSFA, saying the donation of a new trophy for the Federation Cup competition served to underscore the Governor Fashola’s continued support for the growth of Nigeria football.
In his remark, Governor Fashola noted that the Federation Cup, which had been variously known as Challenge Cup and FA Cup, boasts a rich history, not only in Nigeria but round the universe, saying that legends have been made from the event. He recalled great Nigerian names like Muyiwa Oshode, Ismaila Mabo, Haruna Ilerika of blessed memory and the expressive Kenneth Olayombo.
“The donation of this new trophy is to re-inforce my suggestion that the final of the Federation Cup should not leave Lagos State again.This is
because, this is where it all started. The final of English FACup has been played at Wembley for as long as anyone can remember, except for the few years that the venue was not available.
“With a definite venue, players and teams generally will look forward to a destination and a dream. That adds to the glamour of the competition. It is our hope that this new trophy will rekindle great competition and re-awaken Nigerians’ interest in the Federation Cup,” said Governor Fashola.