FC Ifeanyi Ubah are 2016 Federation Cup Champions

by on November 7, 2016
FC Ifeanyi Ubah on Sun­day made history as it became the first club side from Anambra State to win the Nigeria Feder­ation Cup.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah, found­ed in 2015, also became the youngest club to win the Ni­gerian Federation Cup – after barely two years in existence.
The Anambra Warriors, as they are also called, achieved this enviable feat at the expense of Nasarawa United whom they defeated 5-4 on a penalty shoot-out in the tension-soaked final match played at the Teslim Ba­logun Stadium, Lagos.
The Anambra State Gover­nor, Chief Willie Obiano, was quick to commend the Club for the great honour it has brought to the state and to Ndi Anam­bra as a whole.
The highly entertaining encounter saw both teams ap­proach the game with caution as they avoided making any careless mistakes that could cost them the match.
As the game progressed, FCIU took over the control of the game and created several scoring oppor­tunities but poor marksmanship in front of goal was their undoing as the first half ended goalless.
At the resumption of the sec­ond half, FCIU upped their game as they continued to search for the lead but they found the defence of Nasarawa United hard to crack.
It was however a topsy-turvy game throughout the second half as both sides tried to score the win­ning goal. The centre referee sound­ed the final whistle to end the game at 0-0 in 90 minutes, forcing the en­counter to be decided by a penal­ty shootout.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa of FCIU became the hero of the match in the penalty shootout as he saved Nasarawa United’s second penal­ty kick.
The Ifeanyi Ubah boys scored all their five penalty kicks, with
Wilson Elu, Alberico Da Silva and Maduawuchi Okereke being among the takers.
On the other hand, Nasarawa United’s Emmanuel opened his side’s penalty goal after a retaken shot beat goalkeeper Ezenwa.
After making history yesterday as the youngest football club in Ni­geria to win a continental ticket, the Proprietor of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, told its fans that the club will put up a good rep­resentation in the CAF Confeder­ations Cup.
Speaking after he received the Federation Cup trophy, an elated Ubah insisted that he is yet to meet his target with the club, stressing that the team will now concentrate on proving to be a worthy ambassa­dor of the country in African foot­ball.
He noted that the Nnewi-based club will re-position to battle for the challenges of playing at the conti­nental level.
“We fought hard for today’s vic­tory and it is not going to end here. We are not done yet with our tar­get as far as this club is concerned. We will commence preparations immediately for both the new sea­son and the Confederation’s Cup,” he said.
Dogo blames defeat on inex­perienced attackers
Nasarawa United Chief Coach, Kabiru Dogo, yesterday blamed his players for the 5-4 loss to FC Ifeanyi Ubah.
Dogo, who spoke after the match, regretted that his players failed to utilize their chances, espe­cially during the second half.
An angry Dogo insisted that his players were shy in front of their op­ponent’s goalpost.
“We lost the game at regulation time. Penalty is not the true picture of a team. My boys lost several op­portunities in the long half, when the FC Ifeanyi Ubah collapsed to­tally in the second half. Our attack­ers were not experienced. We had no reason to drag the game to pen­alties when we had several chances to take the day”, the coach lamented.

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