Moments after helping title-holders, Akwa United FC of Uyo to edge out hard-fighting Sunshine Stars of Akure in Makurdi on Tuesday, Otobong Effiong declared his side are not ready to surrender their Federation Cup title just yet.
“We are out to prove our heroic feat last season where we won the Federation Cup was not a fluke. I know we will be tough but we’re up for it,’’ said Effiong after learning Akwa United will face Nigeria National League side, Crown FC of Ogbomosho in Lokoja in a fortnight.
Crown FC stunned Enugu Rangers on Tuesday in Round of 16 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna to set up a quarter-final date with Akwa United.
Akwa United and Sunshine Stars of Akure finished 0-0 in regulation time, before the Uyo side clinched penalty shootout victory in sudden death, 8-7.
‘’It was a difficult game because some of my team-mates were not too comfortable playing on the artificial turf at the Aper Aku Stadium. Thank God we came through it,’’ added Effiong who scored the winning goal during the sudden death shoot-out.
In a related development, Crown FC head coach Fatai Osho has hailed his side’s 2-1 Federation Cup Round of 16 victory over Enugu Rangers at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
Peter Michael and Waheed Bello scored the vital goals for the Ogbomosho-side while Godwin Aguda grabbed a consolation for the Coal city side.
Osho’s side are making their second Cup quarter-finals appearance after 2012’s run to the same stage of the competition, and the head coach is delighted with the win he attributes to tactical discipline.
“I must confess that Enugu Rangers are a team to be proud of in the domestic scene, Imama Amapakabo has done a good job with the them,” Osho told supersport.
“We watched several match tapes to actually map out a strategy to contain them in the Cup clash.
“We watched the side with keen interest, especially their mobility as well as the finesse of key individual players.
“I think tactical discipline on the part of the players was a major contributor to our success story over Rangers.
“We are happy to have removed Enugu Rangers from our path to Federation Cup glory, we won’t back down now.
“We are not satisfied with the quarterfinal ticket, we want to win the coveted Cup trophy.

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