The venue for the 2017 AITEO Cup men’s final scheduled for October 15 has finally been revealed.
According to a release from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Sunday night, the cup final would be played at the Agege Stadium in Lagos also known as ‘The Temple’.
The statement from the NFF hinted at the inspection of facilities at the stadium by federation chiefs like Amaju Pinnick, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, Shehu Dikko etc.
‘The Temple’ is the home of Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) side MFM FC and is in line to host CAF Champions League (CAFCL) matches next season after the club finished second behind champions Plateau United to secure qualification.
Speaking in a chat with the NFF website, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi stated that the venue would be ready in time for the final. He is the head of the organising committee for the AITEO Cup in addition to being NFF’s first vice president.
In his words, Akinwunmi said: “There are a few things we have to put right but, generally, we have a good facility here.
“From Monday (October 2), work will begin on the few areas that we must put right and the other make –shift facilities that we would have to put up to achieve what we are determined to achieve.” he added.
With the men’s cup final venue all but settled, there are still doubts over the date and venue for the women’s cup final.
The men’s final and women’s final had always been played on the same day in recent years however the October 15 date is largely unlikely with the Nigerian Women’s Professional League (NWPL) Super Four finals scheduled for October 14 in Benin City.
This means that the federation faces the race against time to stage the women’s final before the Annual General Assembly (AGA) scheduled for October 18.
The Bayelsa capital, Yenagoa, has gotten the nod to stage the women’s cup final according to widespread reports but whether that’s possible remains to be seen with construction work currently ongoing at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa.