…As football fans throng Teslim Balogun Stadium to cheer their clubs
Football fans from the across the country are now trooping to Lagos for the final showdown in the Federation Cup competition scheduled for Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
Apart from the delightful news no fewer than five state governors from Lagos, Anambra, Nasarawa, Rivers and Bayelsa would be at the stadium to watch the epic final of the men’s and women’s cup finals, supporters of the four teams have been arriving the city in buses from their respective locations.
Nnewi-based FC Ifeanyi Ubah will lock horns with Nasarawa United of Lafia in a match of debutants in the men’s final, while League champions, Rivers Angels, will clash with Bayelsa Queens in the women’s final.
The women’s final is billed to start at 1.30pm, with the men’s version to begin at 3.30pm.
The Lagos Government has also thrown the gates to the stadium open for fans to watch all the matches free of charge.
On its way to the final, Nasarawa United subdued FC Abuja 1-0 in the Round of 64, beat Go Round FC by the same margin in the Round of 32 and saw off Dynamite United also 1-0 in the Round of 16.
In the quarter finals, the Solid Miners prevailed 4-2 on penalties over 2015 champions, Akwa United, after both teams finished 0-0 in regulation time, and the Lafia boys then shocked two –time African champions, Enyimba FC, 1-0 in the second semi-final in Ibadan.
FC IfeanyiUbah pipped Ebonyi United 1-0 in the Round of 64 before ejecting last year’s runners-up, Lobi Stars, also by a lone goal in the Round of 32.
In the Round of 16, they defeated Katsina United 2-0, the same margin of victory they earned over Warri Wolves in the quarter -finals. In the semi-finals, they edged out Crown FC 2-1 in Kaduna.
On their part, Rivers Angels edged out FC Robo Queens 3-2, in the first round of the women’s competition, walked over Capital City Doves in the second round and saw off Sunshine Queens, 2-1, in the quarter finals and Nasarawa Amazons, 1-0 in the semi-finals.
Bayelsa Queens walked over Martins White Doves in the second round, overpowered COD United Ladies 6-5 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the quarter finals and edged Delta Queens 4-3 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw in regulation time in the semi-finals.