President Federation Cup Final Relocates to Lagos’ Historic Mobolaji Johnson Arena

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced a significant venue change for the grand finale of the President Federation Cup, the nation’s oldest football competition. The final will now be held at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on June 29, according to Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Head of Communications. The competition was originally slated to take place at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, which would have marked a historic first for the city.

Olajire explained that the decision to move the final to Lagos was influenced by the city’s rich football heritage. The Mobolaji Johnson Arena, formerly known as Association Ground, King George V Stadium, and Onikan Stadium, has a storied history of hosting the competition’s final matches consecutively from 1945 to 1972. This venue was renamed Mobolaji Johnson Arena in 2021 after its most recent renovations.

This year’s final promises an exciting showdown with Rivers Angels facing Naija Ratels in the women’s competition, and Abia Warriors competing against El-Kanemi Warriors in the men’s event on Saturday. The change to a venue with deep-rooted football significance underscores the NFF’s commitment to honoring the sport’s history and traditions in Nigeria.

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