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9. EKO ONI BAJE! IMAGES OF HISTORICAL LAGOS

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8. EPILOGUE

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This book has, as seen sought to travel through the history of Nigerias oldest sporting competition.

It is important to point out that it is an impossible task to properly capture the full history and magic of this competition in one medium alone, whether print or electronic.

It is equally impossible in practical terms, because of the dearth of information available for crucial parts of the competitions history. The process of gathering information to complete this work has necessitated travel not just around Nigeria but around Europe, where many of the necessary records can be found.

This, as said at the beginning, is an on-going process and this will not be the last edition of this work. In conclusion it shall be necessary to pay tribute to two important groups of stake-holders crucial to the survival of the institution that is the Federation Cup.

The 2012 Federation Cup will repeat the energy and vibrancy of past years, the main difference between this years competition and those of previous years, being that in the digital age, matches are more accessible to the public at home and abroad- progress indeed. However, the effect of this coupled with other societal factors- has been a reduction in the size of crowds at matches, which I hope will change with time, because ever since 1945 and before, fans have been the bedrock of the competition.

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Chapter 5 Internal and External Promotions

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3. THE GOVERNOR’S CUP 1945–1959

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By the later part of 1939, Lagos teams had been competing for the Mulford Cup and other cups, for a number of years, when a new dimension was added to the series of football competitions that football fans enjoyed.

The Second World War had just started in 1939 and Great Britain, along with the allies, had joined the war against the axis powers led by Germany. Troops of the Nigeria Regiment were transferred to War Office control (which essentially meant the Colonial Government in Lagos transferred control of the Regiment to the direct control of the War Office in London). Nigerian soldiers were first despatched as part of the 1st West Africa Infantry Brigade to Somaliland (now Somalia) in July 1940, in response to invasion by Italian troops. Nigerian troops recaptured Mogadishu in February 1941, famously pursuing the retreating Italian troops for 17 days. Nigerian troops were also to see action later in the war between 1943 and 1945 as part of the 81st and 82nd (West Africa) Divisions over 40,000 Nigerian soldiers were deployed to fight the Japanese troops who had invaded Burma.

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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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