Nigeria NFF Announce New Venue For President Federation Cup

The Nigeria Football Federation has announced that the grand final of the country’s oldest cup competition would now be held on Saturday, June 29th, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos.

Previously scheduled for the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja (which would have seen the city host the final for the first time in the competition’s history), the NFF and GTI announced on Sunday that they have chosen the good old venue on Lagos Island, which hosted the competition’s final consecutively from 1945 to 1972.

The facility was formerly known as Association Ground, then King George V, and finally Lagos City Ground until becoming Onikan Stadium after being refurbished in the 1980s.

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In 2021, it became called as Mobolaji Johnson Arena.

The last grand finale held at the legendary location was also memorable. In 1972, Bendel Insurance FC led Mighty Jets FC 2-0 before the late Sam Garba Okoye scored two late goals to level the game, which had to be replayed two days later at Liberty Stadium (now known as the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium) in Ibadan.

Aside from the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on the waterfront, the City of Lagos has held several additional finals of the competition known as the President Federation Cup.

The National Stadium in Surulere, which was erected for Nigeria’s second All-Africa Games in 1973, hosted the grand finale from 1974 to 1987, as well as the finals in 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002.

The finale was held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, which is adjacent to the National Stadium, in 2007 and 2009, and then again in 2011, 2016.

The 2017 grand finale took place at the Agege Stadium. Rivers Angels will compete against Naija Ratels in the women’s event, while Abia Warriors will face El-Kanemi Warriors in the men’s tournament.

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