The Central Bank of Nigeria headquarters in Abuja lifted the trophy for the 41st CBN Cup football match on Saturday, beating Minna Bank 2-1.

Calabar Division were not so lucky as they fell behind 2-1 to Kano Division, who finished third in the match at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The victory saw the Abuja side lift the trophy for the sixth time since the competition began in 1981, having won in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009.

Speaking at the final of the competition, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele said that the competition involves all branches and headquarters in Akure, Ilorin, Abakaliki, Kano, Kaduna, Gombe, Enugu and Maku It kicked off at eight centers in Aldi, adding that preliminary rounds for this year’s competition will take place at eight centers from August 22 to September 2, 2022.

Emefiele was represented by CBN Division Operations Director Elizabeth Fasoranti, who said the competition was designed to encourage social relationships among employees and maintain a healthy workforce through physical activity.

He added that the significance of the game is reflected in the bank’s corporate social responsibility and stems from the bank’s sponsorship of football matches for all financial institutions, which still proves the bank’s contribution to the country’s sports development.

Emefiele said that this year’s competition was epoch-making, it witnessed the launch of the first CBN “All Women’s Novelty Football Game”, and along with the Governor’s Cup game ushered in a sporting event for women that aims to promote social creativity, cohesion, teamwork Building and healthy workforce, and creating a diverse and inclusive athletic competition within the bank.

He said: “The competition aims to encourage social connection among employees and maintain a healthy workforce through physical activity.

“This year’s competition is an epoch-making event, with the inaugural ‘CBN All-Girls Novelty Soccer’ taking place this morning, alongside the Governor’s Cup competition, pioneering women’s sport to promote social creativity, cohesion, team building and a healthy workforce, And create a diverse and inclusive sporting competition within the bank.”

While thanking Uyo (South-South) for hosting this year’s competition, the CBN governor congratulated the winners and other finalists and urged the teams that failed to reach the finals not to be discouraged but to prepare for next year’s competition.

Our correspondent reported that the winner of the final was awarded a trophy gold medal and a cash prize of N800,000, while the second and third place received silver and bronze medals and N600,000 and N400,000 respectively, while the fourth place The team also went home with N200,000.



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