Semifinal fixtures for Nigeria’s Federation Cup have been changed again, this time with apologies from the Nigeria Football Federation.
Initial fixtures made public suggested that Heartland will play against Prime at the Ilorin Township Stadium while Kano Pillars will be up against Lobi Stars in the other semifinal at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
But chief media officer of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire on Tuesday in a press release made available to naijafootball247.com said Ilorin will host Heartland versus Lobi Stars while Calabar hosts Kano Pillars versus Prime FC.
The same media officer of the Nigeria Football Federation, Olajire in another press release mentions that the NFF have apologized for the error in fixtures and have sanctioned the officer who made the mistake.
“The Competitions Department of Nigeria Football Federation has apologized profusely for the erroneous fixtures of semi final matches of this year’s Federation Cup competition which it released to the public on Tuesday,” the release stated.
Director of Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said the officer concerned has already been relieved of his duties and will be sanctioned by the Federation accordingly.
“We apologize profusely to all the teams and football stakeholders for the error made in those fixtures, and this will never happen again.
The Officer made a mistake in the tabulation and this is unacceptable. We implore all the teams concerned, State FAs and stakeholders to always contact the Director of Competitions on all details henceforth,” said Sanusi.
Sanusi announced that the correct fixtures will see Lobi Stars of Makurdi, which defeated Sharks FC in the quarter final played in Bauchi, take on Kano Pillars, who beat Plateau United in the quarter final played and champions Heartland up against
surprise packets Prime FC.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Heartland FC of Owerri, the reigning champions, will tackle Prime FC of Oshogbo at the Ilorin Township Stadium on Wednesday, August 15 while Lobi Stars will confront Kano Pillars at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar on the same day, ” Dr. Sanusi explained further.