With the conclusion of state FA cup finals across the country, the Federation Cup competition is set to enter its crucial stages with the pairing of the state representatives to separate men from boys.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that draws for the men and women Federation Cup matches will hold at the NFF/FIFA Technical Centre, Abuja on Thursday.
According to thenff.com Emmanuel Adesanya, Head of the Federation Cup, confirmed on Wednesday 61 teams (as against the usual 64) will be drawn in the men’s category. They include 18 Nigeria Professional Football League teams, 15 Nigeria National League teams, 18 Nationwide League teams and 10 non-League teams.
The reduction in the number of team is because no team registered from Adamawa State while Bayelsa State registered only on team, thus giving a reduction of three teams.
The women’s pot will have 22 clubs comprising of 16 Premier League teams, one Pro League team and 5 Amateur League teams.
NFF’s 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi and General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi top the list of dignitaries expected at the event.