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The history of Nigeria football

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The history of Nigeria football dates back to 1800AD. The formation of clubs started by 1906. The Nigerian Football association (NFA) was formed on 21 August, 1933. The first organised football Association was the Lagos District Amateur Football Association (LDAFA) established in 1932. Ibadan Football Association followed with it’s formation in 1937. In 1945, Sir Arthur Richard donated a cup for competition among the clubs in Nigeria. This was called the Governor’s cup which later became the challenge cup. In the same year; 1945, the Nigeria Amateur Football Association was formed. The first Nigeria National team known as the 1949 UK Tourist played their first international match in 1949 in the United Kingdom. In 1959, the NFA was affiliated to the International Football Federation (FIFA) and to the African Football Confederation (AFC) now (CAF). Mr. Godfrey Amachree was the Nigerian chairman of NFA.

Football is the most popular sport in Nigeria. Competitions are organised among primary, secondary schools, institutions of higher learning and amateur clubs. Industrial establishments in the country are also involved in the game. Several trophies are donated and competed for annually, but the most coveted is the ‘Nigeria Challenge Cup’, which is competed for yearly by all league clubs in the federation. The competition began in 1945 when it was known as the Governor’s cup. Later it was renamed Football Association (FA) Cup in 1955 and Nigeria Challenge Cup in 1960, the year Nigeria attained independence.

There is also an annual league championship organised by the Nigerian Football Association (NFA). In 2000, the premiership league was introduced. The Industrial Investment Credit Corporation (IICC) Shooting Stars of Ibadan won the Africa cup winners cup contest in 1976. It was the first time Nigeria won the cup. The Rangers International Football Club, Enugu repeated the feat in 1977, while the Benue Cement Company (BCC) Lions Football Club of Gboko won the 1990 version of the cup, which has been renamed Mandela Cup after the South African legendary political hero, Dr. Nelson Mandela.



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