CBN affirms commitment to sports development as SEC wins AFIFC
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reasserted its commitment to Nigeria’s sports development even as the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) at the weekend won the 34th All Financial Institutions Football CUP (AFIFC).
The competition is a collaboration of the CBN and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to develop football among the nation’s financial institutions.
Speaking at the final of the competition at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, which was graced by ex-Super Eagles star, Friday Ekpo, CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said the apex bank “remains committed to contributing to the promotion and development of football in the country, in addition to its contributions in golf and tennis.”
Emefiele, who was represented at the event by CBN’s Deputy Director, Corporate Communications, Samuel Okogbue, lauded the teams in the competition, stressing that the tournament was one of the bank’s foremost and oldest corporate social responsibility functions.
He congratulated the winners while assuring them that the bank would continue to sponsor the event.
Ekpo, who was the special guest of honour, commended CBN for sponsoring the competition and other sports events in Nigeria. He also charged the bank to do more to ensure the full development of sports in the country.
SEC defeated defending champions, CBN, 4-2 via a penalty shootout, to win the trophy.
Earlier in the third-place match, Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) of Abuja defeated Babayero FC of Gombe 2 – 0 to win the bronze medal.
FIRS’ Ikeagwu ThankGod was the hero of the bronze match as his goals in the 78th and 92nd minutes gave his team the game.
ThankGod’s six goals in the competition also made him the highest goal scorer in the 2021 competition.