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Enyimba win Federation Cup

Mfon Udoh capped a brilliant individual season for Enyimba International as they overcame Dolphins FC 2-1 to lift the Men’s Federation Cup trophy.

His goal early in the second half proved decisive as the People’s Elephants were rewarded with a silverware.

Dolphins goalkeeper Rotimi Sunday was badly at fault as the winning team benefitted from his mistake and that led to the second goal for Enyimba at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Enyimba players celebrate with Federation Cup at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on November 23, 2014. Two-time African champions Enyimba on Sunday retained the Nigeria FA Cup after beating Dolphins 2-1 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. It was Enyimba's fourth cup triumph after they also won in 2005, 2009 and 2013. However, the Aba club will represent Nigeria in next year's CAF Champions League after they finished as runners-up in the league,  while beaten finalists Dolphins will feature in the CAF Confederation Cup. AFP PHOTO
Enyimba players celebrate with Federation Cup at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on November 23, 2014. Two-time African champions Enyimba on Sunday retained the Nigeria FA Cup after beating Dolphins 2-1 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. It was Enyimba’s fourth cup triumph after they also won in 2005, 2009 and 2013. However, the Aba club will represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Champions League after they finished as runners-up in the league, while beaten finalists Dolphins will feature in the CAF Confederation Cup. AFP PHOTO

The introduction of substitutes Rasheed Olabiyi and Nzube Anazaemba also propelled Enyimba to a second Cup title in two consecutive season.

For Dolphins, their season will now be regarded as a relative disappointment after failing to add a trophy to their rich cabinet.

The winning team were on the back foot early on when strings of efforts from Emem Eduok put Femi Thomas in goal for Enyimba under pressure.

Enyimba were coping comfortably as Dolphins left Eduok too isolated at times. Emeka Atuloma was also being forced to drop too deep to offer support to the beleaguered Victor Alegbe and Ebube Okpokwu rather than add attacking potency to the game.

The quiet Mfon stormed off the blocks in the 55th minute when he profited from a brilliant pass from Markson Ojobo to shoot the ball into the right hand side of Rotimi’s post.

Some minutes later, a rare howler from Rotimi gifted Mfon a sight at goal, but he elected to pass to Chinonso Okonkwo. The striker turned superbly before firing high past the goalkeeper.

At last Enyimba had impetus and were getting the dangerous Mfon into threatening positions, allowing him to force Rotimi to save low to his right with an effort from the edge of the area.

Ten minutes to the end of the match, Eduok reduced the tally from an excellent pass by Victor Alegbe

 


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