The Teslim Balogun stadium in Surulere, Lagos will witness the battle of two elephants on Sunday in the Federation Cup final tie between Nnewi-based FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Nasarawa United of Lafia.
The encounter which has no doubt received a lot of media hype considering the calibre of the clubs involved seems to have re-ignited the desired glamorous atmosphere synonymous with the glory days when the competition was known as the Challenge Cup.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah which stormed into Nigerian football with a lot of ecstasy two years ago has earned itself many accolades following heartwarming achievements so far.
After slightly missing a continental ticket with a fourth position finishing in the just-concluded Nigeria Football Premier League (NPFL), the Anambra Warriors, powered by Billionaire, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, is aiming at actualizing its continental ticket target by winning the coveted Federation Cup trophy, which would earn them a ticket to join Bauchi-based Wikki Tourists in the CAF Confederation cup.
Following a convincing victory against hard-fighting Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Crown FC of Ogbomosho in a tension soaked semi-finals at the Ahmadu Bello stadium in Kaduna, the Anambra Warriors did not leave any follower of Nigerian football in doubt that they are set for the final war against the “Umaru Tanko Al Makura” (TAAL) boys from the solid minerals state.
On their own side, Nasarawa United who were eliminated at the second round of the 2016 CAF champions League by Algerian side, CS Constantinois are poised to return to Continental football, after posting an impressive 2-1 victory over favourites, Enyimba International FC of Aba in the second semi-finals, also boasts of what it takes to upset the Anambra Warriors for the much sought about CAF Confederation Cup ticket.
Chairman of the Lafia based club, Isaac Danladi has insisted that winning the Confederation Cup is a debt which the club owes to the Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to appreciate his belief and open support to the club.
Danladi boasted that his Solid Miners will be too strong for FC Ifeanyi Ubah when both teams clash in the Federation Cup final on Sunday.
For the second year running, a new winner is bound to emerge for the oldest competition in the land when the Miners and Anambra Warriors tango for 90 minutes on the artificial turf of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
“We are very focused on winning this competition. For one week, we camped in Ibadan to avoid distractions, and we have confidence that we are ready to go for it on Sunday,” Danladi said.