Director of Competitions 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.”
Sanusi announced that the correct fixtures will see Lobi Stars of Makurdi, who defeated Sharks FC of Port Harcourt, take on Kano Pillars, champions of Lagos centre and 3-2 victors over Plateau United, and champions Heartland up against surprise-package Prime FC of Oshogbo.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Heartland FC of Owerri, the reigning champions, will tackle Prime FC of Oshogbo at the Ilorin Township Stadium on August 15, while Lobi Stars will confront Kano Pillars at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar on the same day,” Dr Sanusi explained further.
Heartland FC ejected Crown FC of Ogbomosho in Port Harcourt, where the Naze Millionaires emerged centre Kings, and Prime FC, champions of the Ibadan centre, stunned two-time African champions Enyimba FC of Aba.
All four teams are already bound for the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere for the grand finale August 26, with the Loser’s Final starting at 2pm while the Final match will kick off at 4pm.