The Central Bank of Nigeria Football Club at the weekend defeated Unity Bank by a lone goal to win 2019 All Financial Institutions Football Competition (AFIFC) at the final played at the Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium, formerly known as Abakaliki Township Stadium.
Lazarus Ijale scored the winner for CBN via a 63rd-minute penalty kick.
Speaking at the event, which was graced by ex-Super Eagles star, Victor Ikpeba, the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele commended all the teams in the competition, stressing that the tournament was one of the bank’s foremost and oldest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) functions.
Mr Emefiele, whose remarks were delivered by the Deputy Director in the Corporate Communications Department of the Bank and Head of the Public Relations Division, Mrs Veronica Aqua, noted that the Bank remained committed to contributing to the promotion and development of football in the country, in addition to its contributions in golf and tennis.
Also speaking at the event, Victor Ikpeba lauded the CBN for leading the way in promoting football and other sporting activities.
In the third-place play-off that preceded the final match, last year’s losing finalists, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Abuja pipped Amju Unique Microfinance Bank, Delta State to win the bronze medal.