FC Ifeanyi Ubah on Wednesday booked a place in 2016 Federation Cup final after a hard fought 2-1 scoreline victory against giant killers, Crown FC at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna.
The Anambra Warriors’ made 6 changes to the side that defeated Enyimba Int’L at Nnewi last sunday. Goalkeeper Uche Okafor and Cyril Edum came in for cup tied Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Ibrahim Akide, Tamen Medrano who missed the last game against Enyimba due to accumulation of cards got the nod as well as Seka Pascal who missed out due to an injury. Omodu Precious and Ossy Eugene equally made the cut.
Reacting to the result, Coach Rafael Everton said he is delighted with the win from the pulsating encounter.
”I thank God for giving us this win today, now we have secured our passage to the finals of the Federation cup, we will now shift our focus to the last game of the league season against MFM which should give us a continental ticket if we win. It’s being a remarkable season not only based on the way we played but having to see an Anambra Club in the finals of the Federation Cup, kudos to my players, technical team and the management. I wish to also thank our fans for their prayers and support so far,” Everton Said.
Re-echoing the Coach’s sentiment, Skipper Wilson Elu said the win is a clear indication that they play as a unit.
”Am very delighted that we have got a well-deserved win today which follows the win against Enyimba FC, we will got to Lagos and also get all the 3 points against MFM. We have just two matches left and all i can say is that those two matches are two victories in the raps. I call on the fans to put us in their prayers and also give us the needed support in the remaining two matches left for this season and we promise that we won’t disappoint them,” Elu said.
Reacting also Vice Chairman of Anambra FA, J.B.C Obikwelu said the win couldn’t have come at a better time as the Anambra Warriors set out with a mission to make history.
”First i commend the opponents Crown FC for their exploits today. Recall that Crown FC eliminated Rangers and Wikki Tourists earlier before this so the game against them was no doubt going to be tough. However, FC IfeanyiUbah have defined as well as redefined football in a very big way in the state, thanks to the Chairman of Anambra FA and Proprietor of the club Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah for making this project a reality. We hope for a win against MFM on sunday to seal a continental place which will put FC IfeanyiUbah on the map of africa. Anambra is were football lives and football is surely made in Anambra,” said Obikwelu.
Team Manager, Chidi Nwogu said the win today was as a result of hardwork, commitment and staying focused. He urged the players to finish off the season in style by winning the remaining two matches left of the season.
FC IfeanyiUbah will now await in the finals the winner of the Enyimba V Nasarawa Utd clash holding on the 9th of October, 2016.