First Bank, SEC FC clash in NFF/CBN Cup final

This year’s NFF/CBN All Financial Institutions Football Competition comes to a glamorous end on Saturday when First Bank FC of Lagos tango with SEC FC of Abuja at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.

The competition began at different centres across the federation, with matches played in Benin City, Abakaliki, Lafia, Asaba and Ado-Ekiti. First Bank FC topped the standing in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State, after 3-0 wins over Federal Inland Revenue and Luvunkpan, before thrashing Amju Unique MFB 4-0.

In the quarter finals, First Bank spanked Tangale MFB 3-0, and in the semi finals, overpowered Azare Zaniraya MFB in a very interesting game in Ilorin. 

On their part, SEC FC emerged from the Ado-Ekiti venue. In the semi finals, they grounded out penalty shoot –out victory over a tenacious Balogun Fulani MFB of Ilorin. Regulation time ended 2-2 before the ‘Exchange Boys’ prevailed 4-2 on penalties. 

Saturday’s encounter promises some spectacle with First Bank FC gaffer Festus Allen having once been the chief-in-the-dug-out for Ibadan darling team, Shooting Stars FC.   

Anthony Nlebem

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