It is a new week and it is another Tuesday. Yea, I know you don’t expect to see post here till Big Sam is back but this will do. As you know Big Sam has some family matters to attend to. He, not Allardyce, will be back forever stronger than before.
All roads led to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos over the weekend for the Federation Cup final between Nasarawa United and FC IfeanyiUbah. We missed the opportunity to be in that final no thanks to Seun Sogbeso’s penalty goal for Nasarawa United in the semi-final. I heard they were boastful after they got the upper hand over us in the semi-final in Ibadan. I feel like laughing but we are as trophy-less as they are.
Back to the final, it was one of the worst in terms of goals. There were as many goals in the final as the number of games played at our Aba stadium in 2016. You can go back to 1998 to recall a goalless cup final in the land. Could Enyimba have fared better? The lottery of penalty was used to decide the winner. FC IfeanyiUbah emerged winners edging out Nasarawa United 5-4 on penalties. Guess who missed for the Solid Miners? Seun Sogbeso. Please don’t laugh.
So the Cup remains east of the Niger with our brothers. Yes, they are our Oriental brothers just like Rangers. Many things success can do but FC IfeanyiUbah would need to win three more FedCups to equal our record. Only Rangers (5) and defunct Lagos Railways (7) have won Cups than the Peoples Elephant. Please don’t tell me anything about Shooting Stars having 8 trophies. Four of the trophies they claim were won by Ibadan Lions – a city XI in those days. They have as many Cup trophies as we have – 4.
Enough of history lessons, the Anambra Warriors will join Wikki Tourists in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup. Enyimba will play in the CAF ex-winners’ Cup. What happened to our State FA Cup final with the team that is yet to be played? Can we call that a title if we win it? Was it honorary?
Rivers Angels gave Rivers State something to be jubilant about. They are now the most successful side in the Federation Cup after they defeated Bayelsa Queens 5-3 on penalties after 90 minutes ended 1-1.
There is nothing official from Aba; Nothing on Chinedu Udoji, Mfon Udoh and the host of Enyimba players and coaches. There is no new info about the readiness of our slaughter ground in Aba. Neither is there any info relating to preseason and training resumption.
How could I forget this: our 2015 winning coach, Kadiri Ikhana has joined Kano Pillars. It seems he has been rewarded for gifting Kano Pillars a sounding 6-0 victory over Shooting Stars the last time he visited Kano. I hope it is not verbal like his experience in Ibadan? We will wish him well.
We will squeeze as much as we can to keep us occupied till next season.
Chibuzor Amos is a statistician and an Enyimba fan. Owner of popular blog @soccergunz. Follow him on Twitter on @AmosCP