The Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) yesterday handed over the brand-new, all-silver, giant-size Federation Cup competition trophy to the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation.
He performed the ceremony in the full glare of his full Council saying he wanted the Federation Cup grand finale never to leave Lagos again.
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 FA Cup 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.