Nigeria Federation Cup: Enyimba defends title

Enyimba International have successfully defended their Federation Cup title as they beat Dolphins FC 2-1 in the final of this year’s tournament held on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

After a barren first half, Enyimba scored two goals in the second half. Mfon Udoh scored the first in the 52nd minute while Okonkwo Chinonzo also scored in the 73rd minute.

Although Emem Uduok scored a goal for Dolphins, it was not enough to save the day for the Port Harcourt based club who before Sunday had never lost in the final of the Federation Cup.

Sunday’s triumph is the fourth victory for Enyimba who narrowly missed winning the Nigerian League having finished a point behind champions, Kano Pillars.

Speaking with reporters after the Federation Cup triumph, Enyimba Coach, Kadiri Ikhana, said the trophy meant a lot to him even though this is not his first victory.

“I won the trophy when I was with BCC, but this means a lot to me,” Ikhana, who is one of the most successful Nigerian coaches, stated.

On his part, Dolphins Coach, Stanley Eguma, said that Enyimba are worthy champions having made the most of the chances that came their way.

While he might have missed out to on the top prize, MVP award was given to Emem Eduok of Dolphins, who scored four goals in this year’s Federation Cup.

Meanwhile, Rivers Angels won the female edition of the Federation Cup, defeating Sunshine Queens 2-0. Goals from rave of the moment Asishat Oshola and Stella Mbachu ensured the River States team seal a double having also emerged champions in the Women’s League.

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