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Who wins 2014 Federation Cup?

By Jacob Ajom

The stage is set for the final of Nigeria’s most glamorous football competition, the Federation Cup taking place today at the Teslim Balogun Stadum, Lagos. The gladiators for this year’s final are cup holders, Enyimba Football Club of Aba and Dolphins Football Club of Port Harcourt.

The two sides that boast two of Nigeria’s hottest legs in Emem Eduok(Dolphins) and Mfon Udoh(Enyimba) have been talking tough ahead of the duel slated for the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Dolphins have won the trophy four times and Enyimba are current holders. While Enyimba who placed second in the just concluded NPFL season have already qualified to represent the country in the CAF Champions League, a win or loss for Dolphin would still see them represent the country in the CAF Confederation Cup competition.

But the Port Harcourt based club said they are not content with that as they would want to confirm their status with the Federation Cup.

Head coach of Enyimba, Kadiri Ikhana said the People’s Elephant are itching to play the final game against Dolphins where he revealed they would be chasing after another cup triumph this year to erase the painful memory of losing the league title to Kano Pillars for a second straight season.

Head Coach of Enyimba Kadiri Ikhana said the club’s season would be termed incomplete without any trophy to show for their efforts.

“We have arrived Lagos and we are here to claim the title. We have struggled to get to this stage and we won’t trade it for anything. The players know the importance of our being here and they have vowed to do their best to ensure that we don’t end the season without a trophy added to our collection,” Ikhana explained.

Dolphins’ coach Stanley Eguma also said that the Pride of Port Harcourt have put behind them their turbulent season and are poised to surprise Enyimba in the final of the Federation Cup.

He confirmed that they have left their Ijebu Ode camp site for Lagos and are raring to go against the Aba Millionaires.

Enyimba have won the Federation Cup on three occasions while Dolphins are targeting their fifth crown and have never lost in the final of the tournament.

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