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BREAKING! Rivers United flow out of Federation Cup

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Nigeria’s last team to crash of continental competition, Rivers United , are also out of the Federation Cup.

 In their delayed Round of 64 encounter, they were beaten 5-4 by Enyimba after a goalless regulation time.

It is the second cup ouster for Rivers United who last Sunday got eliminated by Tanzania’s Youn Africans from the CAF Confederation Cup.

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.

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President Federation Cup: Rivers Angels, Naija Ratels are finalists!

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Fashionable Abuja landladies, Naija Ratels will go up against experienced campaigners and former winners Rivers Angels in the grand finale of the women’s version of this year’s President Federation Cup competition.

Both teams assured their place in the grand finale on Sunday morning, with Rivers Angels edging Delta Queens 2-1 in Awka and Ratels stretched to sudden-death in 7-6 penalty shootout win in Enugu, after both teams were tied at 2-2 in regulation time.

In the men’s final, Abia Warriors will take on El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri.

Remo Stars Ladies (Ogun) 2-2 Naija Ratels (FCT) – Naija Ratels win 7-6 on penalties  

Delta Queens (Delta) 1-2 Rivers Angels (Rivers)

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‘War’ looms in Abuja!

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The first ever Federation Cup final match in Abuja next week has already set up a titanic battle as two warriors are set to ignite the field. Abia Warriors, featuring in their first ever national cup final duel will face another warring sides, the El-Kanemi Warriors in the final match of Nigeria’s oldest Club competition.

It is the fourth time that El-Kanemi are playing the final match after their successes in 1991 and 1992 and becoming losing finalists to the defunct Dolphins in 2001.

Both Abia Warriors and El-Kanemi Warriors came out winners in tough semi-final duels on Thursday.

The Abia State giants sailed into the final after a 4-3 penalty shootout defeat of Kano Pillars at the Lafia City Stadium, with both teams locked at a scoreless situation after 90 minutes.

Former winners El-Kanemi Warriors also triumphed 5-4 after a penalty shootout over surprise semi-finalists Kebbi United at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project in Abuja, with both teams also unable to find the net in the 90-minute regulation period.

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In the shootouts, Pillars’ forward Ibrahim Mustapha vitiated the need for Abia Warriors to take their last kick after missing his team’s last kick. Pillars missed two of their five kicks while Abia Warriors converted all their four kicks.

In Abuja, hard-fighting Kebbi United fluffed their second kick in the shootout, while El-Kanemi Warriors converted all their five to make the progress to nearby MKO Abiola National Stadium for the grand finale on 29th June.  

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President Federation Cup: Finalists in women’s competition to emerge on Sunday

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The two teams that will contest for the women’s trophy in this year’s President Federation Cup will be known by the evening of Sunday, 23rd June, following the semi final matches in Enugu and Awka.

In-form Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt, who are not unfamiliar with triumph in the women’s version of the oldest Cup competition in the land, will confront Delta Queens in Awka, while exciting newcomers Remo Stars Ladies tango with Abuja landladies Naija Ratels at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu. Both matches will kick off at 4pm.

Last year’s runners-up, Rivers Angels unhinged Osun Babes 5-0 in an imperious performance at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Wednesday, at the time that Nasarawa Amazons were being eliminated on penalty shootout by Remo Stars Ladies in Benin City.

Naija Ratels also experienced penalty shootout jitters, before they sent FC Robo Queens of Lagos packing at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

Delta Queens dealt a 2-0 blow on Sunshine Queens from Akure in the earlier match in Benin City, and will go all out against Rivers Angels in Awka on Sunday.

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The grand finale of both the men’s and women’s competitions has been scheduled for the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, 29th June – the first time that the grand finale of Nigeria’s oldest Cup competition will be staged in the city.

WOMEN’S SEMI-FINAL FIXTURES

  • Remo Stars Ladies (Ogun) Vs Naija Ratels (FCT) – Enugu – 23/06/24 – 4pm
  • Delta Queens (Delta) Vs Rivers Angels (Rivers) – Awka – 23/06/24 – 4pm 
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