By Kate Obodo
Elated General ManagerÂ of Warri Wolves FC of Delta State Mike Idoko has dedicated the Confederations Cup ticket secured by the team to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission Amaju Pinnick.
Idoko said without the efforts of Amaju, the club would not have been able to secure the ticket which will see the team fly Nigeriaâ€™s colours in the Confederations Cup. The former Lobi Stars Team Manager also dedicated the ticket to Warri Wolves late goalkeeper.
On the chances of Wolves doing well in the continent, Idoko said he is not new to playing in the continent as he had done it before with Lobi Stars and believes he can do a better job with Warri Wolves. â€œI am not new to playing in the continent and I am confident that with Warri Wolves we will do the country proudâ€, Idoko said.
Wolves finished fourth in the Globacom sponsored Premier League, one step behind Federation Cup champions Enyimba of Aba. Courtesy of Enyimbaâ€™s third place finish in the league they secured the CAF Confederations Cup ticket. But after emerging as the Federation Cup winners last Sunday in Lagos, the Aba Millionaires decided to use the Federation Cup ticket, which also qualifies them to play in the Confederations Cup, thus relinquishing the league ticket to Warri Wolves.
NFF General Secretary Bolaji Ojo-Oba said in Abuja that there is no cause for hairâ€“splitting over the matter. â€œWe have noted with some concern the debate on this issue, but we need to state clearly that Enyimba FC are the champions of the 2009 Federation Cup competition, which is greater than finishing third in the Premier League.
â€œEnyimba will represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup as the champions of the Federation Cup.
winners go into Africa as the first choice team for the Confederation Cup, while the fourth_placed team in the League, Warri Wolves, take the second slot,â€ Ojo_Oba.said.