Promotion-chasing Crown FC of Ogbomosho has two big games within a few days as the Osun team confronts NPFL side FC IfeanyiUbah in the first semi final of the 2016 men’s Federation Cup competition today.
Giant-killers Crown turned back NPFL title-chasing Enugu Rangers among other big conquests on its way to the last four, and would fear no foe when the whistle sounds for hostilities to commence at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna this afternoon.
On its part, the Anambra Warriors are also chasing a continental ticket, hoping to fly Nigeria’s flag in either the CAF Champions League or CAF Confederation Cup next year. Ifeanyiubah is currently third on the NPFL table and has a final game away to MFM FC in Lagos on Sunday.
Crown also is playing away in its final match of the season to Bendel Insurance of Benin, and will be hoping to gain confidence from the semi final battle ahead of the match in Benin City on Saturday.
Meanwhile, FC IfeanyiUbah’s goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has hinted that the Nnewi club will not take Crown FC for granted the clash in Kaduna.
“We will not underrate Crown because they have proved to be a very good team after they sent packing teams like Rangers, Wikki and Niger Tornadoes,” said Ezenwa.
“We are fully prepared for the match in Kaduna.”
The Super Eagles goalkeeper has recovered from an injury he suffered in Sunday’s league game at home against Enyimba.
The second semi final of the men’s Federation Cup will hold at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on Sunday, October 9 between Enyimba FC and Nasarawa United.
The eventual cup winners will represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup.