*Over 20 financial institutions go into competition
No fewer than 20 financial institutions will as from the 14th October begin the 2017 All Financial Institutions Football competition organised by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in collaboration with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Speaking to press men in Abuja at a press briefing for the commencement of the 31st edition of CBN tourney, the country’s Apex Bank’s Director Corporate Communications Department Mr. Issac Okoroafor who was represented by Elder Martins Oguda said the competition has impacted the CBN, NFF and Nigeria at large.
According to him, in recent editions, we have observed an increase in the number of microfinance banks participating in the competition.
“This is an indication that the impact o this competition is being felt at the grassroots level where budding talents are often discovered and nurtured to the level of national and international recognition.
“Competition of this magnitude serve as a platform for the promotion of unity, harmony and peaceful co-existence among institutions in Nigeria’s financial system.
“The game of soccer is a unifying force globally and such, a source of national pride that is devoid of ethnic, regional and political colourations.”
“CBN is therefore committed to making positive contributions towards the promotion and development of this sport by sponsoring the competition annually.
“We, therefore, urge financial institutions and agencies of government who has been participated in the previous editions to encourage teams to be part of 2017 edition,” he appealed.
On its part, NFF General Secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi, who was equally represented by Assistant General Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme, promised to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the 2017 NFF/CBN all financial institutions competition achieved it’s objectives which are improving the health system of staff and building of a cordial relationship amongst the financial institutions in the country.
The preliminary matches of CBN Soccer tournament which is the 31st edition will be decided between the 14th and 28th October and 2017 with Akure, Bauchi, Calabar and Owerri as venues for group stage and quarter final.
Semi final venue, will be Lokoja while Lafia Township stadium remain tentative centre for the final as Kaduna that was chosen for the final is undergoing some renovations. Meanwhile, the total prize money for 2017 edition remains N5 million. Winner will go home with N2million, 2nd position N1.5million, while 3rd and 4th position will go home with N1million and N500,000 respectively.