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Chapter 5 Internal and External Promotions

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Chapter 2 Client Relationship Management

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Chapter 3 Staff Development

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9. EKO ONI BAJE! IMAGES OF HISTORICAL LAGOS

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4. THE CHALLENGE CUP/COCA COLA FA CUP 1960–2008

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Nigeria gained its independence in 1960 and with that came a new sense of national identity. Nigeria had its own flag now, its own Government (albeit with the Queen as Head of State for a further three years). The mood of the country was optimistic and vibrant.

1960 was the year that quite a few other African countries also gained their independence. As was, and probably is still, customary, there were celebratory matches commemorating independence in various countries. Nigeria celebrated the event by inviting the Black Stars of Ghana for a friendly match although a different result would have been preferable (Nigeria lost 30).

There was a strongly nationalistic atmosphere, with the country taking its seat at the United Nations. There was also a deliberate and quite proper in my view Nigerianisation of administrative structures in the civil service and other institutions. Football administration was not left out. As far back as 1955, Alex Quist had been the first Nigerian to head the NFA and in I959, Mr O. Ogunmuyiwa (a magistrate), took over from Quist. In 1960, Mr Ogunmuyiwa handed responsibility over to Nigerias first post-independence NFA Chairman- Mr Godfrey K.J. Amachree QC, a well- respected lawyer and administrator.

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