NFF President Alhaji Aminu Maigari said in Abuja on Tuesday that the football-loving Chief Executive of Lagos State has set new standards in genuine efforts at developing the beautiful game in Nigeria.
In a letter to Governor Fashola, who donated a giant trophy and was present at the Teslim Balogun Stadium venue of the third place and Final matches on Sunday, Maigari wrote: "This is to express our heartfelt appreciation to Your Excellency's personal commitment and drive to see to the successful conclusion of the 67th Federation Cup competition, which Grand Finale you and your administration elaborately hosted at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Sunday, 26th August, 2012.
"The NFF commends Your Excellency for your donation of a new, giant, all-silver trophy for the Federation Cup, and for dignifying the occasion with your presence, coupled with a number of other steps that will surely bring back the glory and glamour of the oldest football championship in our country."
Cup holders Heartland FC edged hard-fighting Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi 2-1 with a late goal scored by Brendan Ogbu, who was picked as the Most Valuable Player and went home with the sum of N300 000 and another N250 000 courtesy of TomTom, official candy of the Nigeria National Teams.
Champions Heartland pocketed the sum of N2-million, with Lobi richer by N1 million. Third-placed Prime FC went home with N500 000 while the Highest Scorer, Prime FC's Isah Akoh, got N200 000.