EPIC FINAL: Customs battles NAGAFF to recapture Maritime Cup tomorrow

The stage is set for an epic final match between traditional rivals, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) in the 2016 Maritime Cup competition.

The final match will be played tomorrow June 21, 2016 at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Customs has won the coveted trophy three times in the past while NAGAFF has won it once.

Customs qualified for the final on Thursday by defeating Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) 2-0 in a hotly contested semi-final match at the NPA Sports Ground, while NAGAFF secured its ticket in the final by defeating Nigerian Navy 6-0.

Customs and NAGAFF were the winner and runner-up of Group B, which also had Apapa Bulk Terminal Limited (ABTL) and Micura Stevedoring Services.

Customs topped the group with nine points after winning all its three matches against NAGAFF (1-0), Micura (2-0) and ABTL (7-0) to advance to the semi-final.

NAGAFF on its part secured six points at the group stage after losing 0-1 to Customs and defeating ABTL and Micura 2-0 and 4-0 respectively.

The third place match of the competition will be played by Group A leader, Nigerian Navy and runner-up, NPA. Other teams in the group, which did not advance beyond the group stage include defending champions Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT).

Past winners of the Maritime Cup Competition, which is organized annually by Ships & Ports Limited, are Nigerian Navy (2009), Micura (2010), Customs (211, 2012 and 2013), NAGAFF (2014) and ANLCA (2015).

The 2016 Maritime Cup competition is supported by TICT, Micura, Customs and Nigerian Shippers’ Council.

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