The 2013 Federation Cup will take center stage in Lagos on Sunday as Enyimba International Fc and Warri Wolves square up to contest for the prestigious Nigeria Federation Cup competition at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Both teams are playing top flight football in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Warri Wolves have made it to the Federation Cup final for the first time. The Peoples’ Elephant (Enyimba) on the other hand are in their fifth Cup Final, they have lifted the diadem twice, in 2005 and 2009 and have been in three of the last four finals with the exception of last year’s final.
Enroute to this final, Warri Wolves have played six Federation cup games, scored nine goals and conceded one goal, Enyimba have also played same number of cup matches, scoring 12 goals and letting in four goals.
Several of Enyimba’s top NPFL stars will not be available for the cup final because they are cup tied; Bishop Onyeudo, Victor Ezeji, Emeka Nwanna, Daniel Etor, will be missing in action for the Aba Warriors while Efe Yarhere and Michael Egbeta will also be absent for Warri Wolves as the two teams engage in this fierce encounter.
Notwithstanding, the two sides still possess a handful of players in their fold that can swing the tide in their favour, Warri Wolves have two Super Eagles players in their squad while Enyimba have one Super Eagle defender; Azubuike Egwuekwe has returned to Wolves after his awesome performance in the last group game of the 2014 World Cup qualifier where he helped the National team to defeat Malawi 2-0, Oghenekaro Etebo of Warri Wolves is among the top scorers in the NPFL, while striker Ifeanyi Ede of Enyimba International will be leading the line to upset the Wolves defence.
Other players to watch out for are, Chinedu Udoji (Captain of Enyimba), Chimazie Amanfor, Bright Essieme, Sibi Gwar, these players will be playing for Enyimba while the likes of Joseph Osadiaye, Monday Osagie, Bright Akpojuvwewo and Okemute Odah will star for Solomon Ogbeide’s side and seeking to win the first Federation cup for WarrI Wolves.
Halftimeng verdict: Enyimba have better cup final experience and have made winning a habit over the last ten years; Warri Wolves are in unchanted territory, they are yet to win any trophy since their inception; this is a great opportunity especially if Enyimba are yet to recover from the events of Week 31 in the NPFL at their match with Kano Pillars. I expect Enyimba to be crowned Federation Cup champions at the end of match proceedings.
Written by Wale Quadry