A comprehensive, panoramic view of Nigeria's oldest sports competition. This book traces the history of the Federation Cup through its life history, spanning over seventy years. Through its previous formats- The War Memorial Cup, The Governor's Cup, Challenge Cup and the Coca Cola FA Cup. It also covers the history of Nigerian football, from the playing fields of Victorian and Edwardian Lagos, Calabar and Zaria in the early 1900s, through the early Football competitions, such as the Beverley, Trenchard and Lagos City Cup competitions. The growth of football administration, the great players and games of the competition through the years are also covered. A tribute to the historical importance of the Federation Cup. The book overall, celebrates the nation's incredible football pedigree. Comments:'A useful resource in documenting the nation's football history and a very commendable effort'- Alhaji Aminu Maigari- President of the Nigerian Football Federation'A historic masterpiece - Seyi Akinwunmi- Chairman-Lagos State FA'As a licensed agent with the FA here in England, I am always happy to see anything that adds to the lexicon of Nigerian Football. I will be able to share this book with my clients and now they will get a better picture of the reasons why we produced the likes of Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo and now John-Mikel Obi and Osaze Odenwingie'- Ayo Alli -International Football and Digital Media consultant'I have played football all my life, and I believe in the power of football as a great platform for unity, sportsmanship, fitness and team-building on the African continent, which my foundation- Africa 10 has promoted. Thus when Obi Asika told me about this book, I was enthused and more so to read and find out from it, that my maternal grand-father Sir Adeyemo Alakija was a founding member of the first Nigerian Football Association in 1933. An excellent work'- Kojo Annan- Africa 10 Foundation'It was great to see my father Asuquo Ekpe in this book. He was one of the first generation of great players and captained Nigeria. I can now sit with him and tell him his work was documented and their collective efforts were not in vain'- Ivor Ekpe- CEO Gradient Hill (Nigeria) Ltd
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