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A Federation Cup ‘final-before-final’ duel holds in Uyo today



What could have been a dream Federation Cup final match holds today as a Round of 64 duel as record eight-time Nigerian league champions, Enyimba take on reigning champions, Rivers United at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

This is just one of the 32 matches of the national cup slated for today. In essence, one of the lead and glamorous Nigerian clubs must be eliminated.

That is not the only crunch match of the series that involves 16 of the 20 Nigerian Premier League clubs.

Similarly, another Premier League side will crash out following the match-up of Akwa United and Wikki Tourists.

That is in addition to any other possible upset that could see the further depletion of the top ranked clubs as the Federation Cup progresses to the title match.


In the process, the lack of glamour that has seen the shines taken off the previously known Challenge Cup competition wil continue.


  • Heartland FC (Imo) vs Jedo FC (Sokoto)
  • Bayelsa United (Bayelsa) Vs Essien Ayi FC (Cross River)
  • Ahudiya FC (Abia) Vs Jigawa Golden Stars (Jigawa)
  • ABS FC (Kwara) Vs Bendel Insurance FC (Edo)
  • Standard FC (Kaduna) Vs Ekiti United (Ekiti)
  • FC Basira (Nasarawa) Vs Sunshine Stars (Ondo)
  • EFCC FC (FCT) Vs Katukan Tsafe FC (Zamfara)
  • Wikki Tourists (Bauchi) Vs Akwa United FC (Akwa Ibom)
  • Warri Wolves (Delta) Vs Beyond Limit FC (Ogun)
  • 3SC (Oyo) Vs Adamimogo FC (Ondo)
  • Mighty Jets (Plateau) Vs Niger Tornadoes Feeders (Niger)
  • Malumfashi FC (Katsina) Vs Gombe United (Gombe)
  • Osun United (Osun) Vs Katsina United (Katsina)
  • Bendel Insurance Feeders (Edo) Vs Maikunkele FC (Niger)
  • Cynosure FC (Ebonyi) Vs Kano Pillars Jnr (Kano)
  • Lobi Stars (Benue) Vs FC One Rocket (Akwa Ibom)
  • Jama United (Zamfara) Vs Plateau United (Plateau)
  • Rivers United (Rivers) Vs Enyimba FC (Abia)
  • Ingas FC (Enugu) Vs Novia FC (Adamawa)
  • El-Kanemi Warriors (Borno) Vs De Cardinal FC (Rivers)
  • Nasarawa United (Nasarawa) Vs Kebbi United (Kebbi)
  • DMD FC (Borno) Vs ABJ FC (Bauchi)
  • Ikorodu City (Lagos) Vs Crusader FC (Bayelsa)
  • Gateway United (Ogun) Vs Kwara United (Kwara)
  • FC Ebedei (Ekiti) Vs Hope of Glory FC (Cross River)
  • Yobe Desert Stars (Yobe) Vs Igbajo FC (Osun)
  • Adamawa United (Adamawa) Vs Rangers Int’l (Enugu)
  • Ilaji FC (Oyo) Vs Kano Pillars (Kano)
  • Green Berets FC (Kaduna) Vs FR Ebunuja (Imo)
  • Ozalla FC (Anambra) Vs Doma United (Gombe)
  • Kogi United Feeders (Kogi) Vs Edel FC (Anambra)
  • Mailantarki FC (FCT) Vs kogi United (Kogi)


  • Bayelsa Queens (Bayelsa) Vs Maureen Mmadu KFC (Anambra)
  • Akwa Angels (Akwa Ibom) Vs Dannaz Ladies (Lagos)
  • Owo Itan FC (Akwa Ibom) Vs Fortress FC (Edo)
  • Honey Badgers (Benue) Vs Kada FC (Kaduna)
  • Heartland Queens (Imo) Vs Confluence Queens (Kogi)
  • Lakeside FC (Ogun) Vs Kwara Ladies (Kwara)
  • Sunshine Queens (Ondo) Vs Edo Queens (Edo)
  • Maureen Mmadu KFC (Abia) Vs Green Foot (Enugu)
  • FC Robo (Lagos) Vs Immaculate Queens (Enugu)
  • First Mah FC (Imo) Vs Royal Queens (Delta)
  • Nasarawa Amazons (Nasarawa) Vs Gallant FC (Kaduna)
  • Naija Ratels (FCT) Vs Adamawa Queens (Adamawa)
  • Rivers Angels (Rivers) Vs Golden Sun FC (Bayelsa)
  • Osun Babes (Osun) Vs Awka Angels (Anambra)
  • Ekiti Queens (Ekiti) Vs Moje Queens (Kwara)
  • Paul E. FC (FCT) Vs Delta Queens (Delta)     

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.