The Nigeria Football Federation will on Thursday in Abuja hold the Draw Ceremony for this year’s 2013 Federation Cup finals.
According to NFF’s Director of Competitions, Mohammed Sanusi, a total of 63 clubs will be in the pot at the ceremony billed for the FIFA Technical Centre, National Stadium Complex, as from 12pm.
No club from Yobe State registered for the annual glamour competition, while Ranch Bees FC of Kaduna would be disqualified from the ceremony should the club’s management fail to off-set, by Thursday morning, an outstanding debt of N200,000 payable since last year.
“The management of Ranch Bees have failed to pay this money, which is their fine for late registration for last year’s competition, despite several written undertakings to pay,” said Sanusi.
All the 20 Premier League clubs in the country, plus 22 clubs from the second-tier National League, nine clubs from the Nationwide League and 12 non-League teams will be involved in the Draw.
NFF Media Head, Ademola Olajire said a special feature will be added to this year’s Draw, with the Draw for the Women’s Federation Cup competition also taking place alongside that of the men’s event. The women’s event will involve 22 clubs.
Expected at the two-hour ceremony are NFF Executive Committee members, Ahmad Muazu Kawu (Chairman of the Nigeria Nationwide League) and Dilichukwu Onyedinma (Chairperson of the Nigeria Women’s League), alongside NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu, members of NFF Management, two members of the NFF Organising Committee, and some Chairmen and Secretaries of State FAs.