Federation Cup holders Enyimba will begin their cup defence against non-league side Nasarawa feeders when the round of 64 takes center stage on May 13 and 14 at difference centres.
According to the draw which was conducted by the NFF on Thursday, Enyimba will face unknown opponents in Nasarawa Feeders, who defeated their parent club Nasarawa United to win the Nasarawa State FA Cup.
Rivalry will be rekindled between Nembe City and Bayelsa United at this stage of the Federation Cup, the pairing is a rematch of the Bayelsa State FA Cup final which Nembe City won on penalties.
Fireworks are expected when Plateau United battle 3SC for a spot in the next stage of the oldest football competition in Nigeria.
The game between Kaduna United and Enugu Rangers will also be interesting as both teams are familiar foes, having met severally in the Nigeria premier League before Kadina United were relegated last season.
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SHARKS Vs TARABA UNITED
VENUE: Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt
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KEY STATE: Sharks are yet to concede at home in the league this season.
EXPERT VERDICT: Taraba United’s form have dipped in recent weeks after starting the season on a high, going unbeaten in the opening three games of the campign. The home side too have struggled with only a win from six games. This could end in a draw.
GABROS V ENYIMBA
KEY STAT: The hosts have a hundred percent record at home with three wins from three.
EXPERT VERDICT: Gabros impressive home run will be tested by their oriental neighbours who picked a win in their last away fixture against Taraba United. Enyimba look good to pick atleast a point from this encounter.
DOLPHINS Vs LOBI STARTS
VENUE: Liberation Stadium,Port Harcourt
DATE:Sunday, May 3,2015
KEY STAT: Lobi stars are still without a win after six round of matches.
EXPERT VERDICT: Dolphins handler, Stanley Eguma will fancy his side’s chances of securing their second win of the campign against an out of sorts Lobi Stars side who have been far from their best.
EL KANEMI Vs AKWA UNITED
DATE:Sunday, May 3, 2015
KEY STAT: Akwa United have failed to hit the back of the net in their last three away fixtures.
EXPERT VERDICT: EL-Kanemi Warriors have made the ——-a fortress this season and they look good to continue that run this weekend.
WIKKI TOURISTS Vs RANGERS
VENUE:Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium,Bauchi
DATE:Sunday, May 3, 2015
KEY STAT: Wikki TouristS have dropped points only once this season.
EXPERT VERDICT: Rangers looked good in their last fixtures against EL Kanemi who they spanked 3-0, but would still need to do more to earn their first point on the road.
NASARAWA UTD VS ABIA WARRIORS
VENUE: Lafia Township Stadium
DATE:Sunday,May 3, 2015
KEY STAT: Abia Warriors won their last two games.
EXPERT VERDICT: Nasarawa United are difficult to beat at home but Abia Warriors will draw inspirations from the win against Heartland in owerri on match day fire.
KWARA UTD Vs KANO PILLARS
VENUE: Ilorin Township Stadium
DATE: Sunday,May 3,2015
KEY STAT:Champions Pillars have failed to record a win on their travels.
EXPERT VERDICT:The home side will be boosted by Pillars poor away form but will still need to be at their best to stop the champions from escaping Ilorin unscathed.
GIWA VS BAYELSA UNITED
VENUE: RWANG PAM STADIUM, JOS
DATE: Sunday, May 3, 2015
KEY STAT: Bayelsa United have drwan their last two fixtures.
EXPERT VERDICT: The hosts should have little problem in dealing with a Bayelsa United side who have shown little promise this season.