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Enyimba, Dolphins Clash In Federation Cup Final

Enyimba, Dolphins Clash In Federation Cup Final

Federation Cup kings,Enyimba Football Club of Aba will hope to end their season on a high when they confront Dolphins Football Club of Port Harcourt in the final of this year’s edition of the competition.

The Peoples Elephant, who are the most successful club in Nigeria, came close to winning the league title but lost narrowly to eventual winners, Kano Pillars.

A 1-1 draw against Dolphins in Port Harcourt in their penultimate game of the season put paid to that aspiration.

And now they will be desperate to exert revenge on the Port Harcourt Dwellers and win their fifth Federation Cup title even as the club’s two main strikers will continue their supremacy battle.

Enyimba’s Mfom Udoh picked the Glo Premier League highest goalscorer award with a record 23 goals ahead of Emem Eduok of Dolphins who scored 20 goals. Eduok has scored three goals, while Udoh has two goals to his credit in the Cup race.

Both players will no doubt fancy their chances of thrilling fans at the Teslim Balogun Stadium and help their side achieve victory.

Dolphins have played the Federation Cup final four times in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007, winning all of them against Elkanemi in 2001, against Rangers in 2004 and 2007 and against Bendel Insurance in 2006.

Enyimba will be making their seventh  appearance in the final and have won it five times.

STARS TO WATCH

ENYIMBA
CHINEDU UDOJI
The Enyimba captain has over the years marshalled his side defence with great aplomb and he is one of the reasons why the Peoples Elephant are in the final of the competition again.
His solid  partnership with Markson ojobo will be key in Enyimba retaining the title. And again, it is another opportunity for the well built defender to prove his worth to the national team selectors.

MFOM UDOH
The man who broke goals record in the Glo League will continue his battle with Emem Eduok and have another big chance to prove his achievement so far this season was not a fluke.
He has scored two goals in the Federation Cup and will fancy a few more.

DOLPHINS
EMEM EDUOK
Eduok has a chance to pick the topscorers gong in this competition and get one over Enyimba’s Mfom Udoh.
The talented forward has scored three goals so far and he will be relied upon once more to help his side win the trophy for the fifth time.

VICTOR EZURUIKE
Much will be expected from the experienced midfielder who has been one of  Dolphins dependable star over the year. A lot will be anticipated from him and his understanding with Eduok  will no doubt cause problems for Enyimba’s defence.

ROAD TO FINAL

DOLPHINS
Round of 64
DOLPHINS 3-1 INGAS
ROUND OF 32
DOLPHINS 1-0 KOGI UNITED
ROUND OF 16
DOLPHINS 1-0 EL-KANEMI
QUATER-FINAL
DOLPHINS 4-2 LOBI STARS
SEMI-FINAL
DOLPINS 1-0 PRIME

ENYIMBA
Round of 64
Enyimba 3-1 Sokoto North (pen)

Round of 32
Enyimba 7-6 Tornadoes

Round of 16
Enyimba 2-1 Nembe City

Quarter Final
Enyimba 2-0 Sharks

Semi Final
Enyimba 1-0 Giwa FC

TOP SCORERS CHART
Three Goals
Emem Eduok – Dolphins
Ebube Okpokwu – Dolphins

Two Goals
Mfon Udoh – Enyimba
Raphael Boumsong – Enyimba
Bobby Sokari – Enyimba

FEDERATION CUP: PAST WINNERS

1942 : ZAC Bombers
1943 : Lagos Marine
1944 : Lagos Railways
1945 : Lagos Railways
1945 : Marine
1946 : Lagos Railways
1947 : Marine
1948 : Lagos Railways
1949 : Lagos Railways
1950 : Lagos UAC
1951 : Lagos Railways
1952 : Lagos PAN Bank
1953 : Kano Pillars
1954 : Calabar
1955 : Port Harcourt FC
1956 : Lagos Railways
1957 : Lagos Railways
1958 : Port Harcourt FC
1959 : Ibadan Lions
1960 : Lagos ECN
1961 : Ibadan Lions
1962 : Police
1963 : Port Harcourt FC
1964 : Lagos Railways
1965 : Lagos ECN
1966 : Ibadan Lions
1968 : Stationery Stores
1969 : Ibadan Lions
1970 : Lagos ECN
1971 : WNDC Ibadan
1972 : Bendel Insurance
1974 : Enugu Rangers
1975 : Enugu Rangers
1976 : Enugu Rangers
1977 : Shooting Stars FC
1978 : Bendel Insurance
1979 : Shooting Stars FC
1980 : Bendel Insurance
1981 : Enugu Rangers
1982 : Stationery Stores
1983 : Enugu Rangers
1984 : Leventis United
1985 : Abiola Babes
1986 : Leventis United
1987 : Abiola Babes
1988 : Iwuanyanwu Nationale
1989 : BCC Lions
1990 : Stationery Stores
1991 : El-Kanemi Warriors
1992 : El-Kanemi Warriors
1993 : BCC Lions
1994 : BCC Lions
1995 : Shooting Stars
1996 : Julius Berger
1997 : BCC Lions
1998 : Wikki Tourists
1999 : Plateau United
2000 : Niger Tornadoes
2001 : Dolphin FC
2002 : Julius Berger
2003 : Lobi Stars
2004 : Dolphins FC
2005 : Enyimba FC
2006 : Dolphins FC
2007 : Dolphins FC
2008 : Ocean Boys FC
2009 : Enyimba FC
2010 : Kaduna United
2011 : Heartland F.C.
2012 : Heartland F.C.
2013 : Enyimba F.C.

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