FC Ifeanyi Uba are on the verge of making history today if they beat Nasarawa United in the FA Cup finals taking place today at the Teslim Balagun Stadium in Lagos by 3pm. Since the creation of Anambra State, no club from the state has ever won the trophy.
The FA Cup, virtually the oldest football competition in Nigeria, will witness for the first time, two teams that have never been to the final of the championship. The competition which started as War Memorial Challenge Cup in 1942, had ZAC Bombers of Lagos winning the maiden edition though it was then limited to clubs based in Lagos.
The cup was renamed Governor’s Cup with improved format in 1945 and in 1954, it was again renamed Federation Cup after the promulgation of Nigeria Football Association (NFA). In 1960, after a revised format the competition, it was renamed Challenge Cup until 1999 when soft drink bottlers, Coca-Cola took up the sponsorship and consequently named it Coca-Cola FA Cup.
At the expiration of a 10-year sponsorship deal with the then NFA, the competition went back to its former name, Federation Cup.
Meanwhile, the management of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, which is popularly known as the Anambra Warriors, yesterday urged all football lovers, all Ndi Igbo in Lagos and its indefatigable fans all over the country to grace this great occasion.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah management declared free entry for everyone coming to watch the game, while free buses have been made available to convey supporters to the stadium.
President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah in a bid to ensure that the match is well covered, has invited all Anambra-based radio and television sports On-Air personalities and reporters to grace the occasion.
He said; “We kindly crave your usual support and indulgence as we look to lift this trophy which will automatically hand us a ticket for the CAF Confederation Cup come next season. We wish you a safe trip to Lagos as you gladly join us in making history. May God continue to bless and strengthen you as you keep on supporting us.”