— Crush Sharks 2-0 in epic quarter-final tie
By Sab Osuji:
Nzogbu, Nzogbu, Enyimba, Enyi, rented the air as Enyimba of Aba crushed Sharks of Port Harcourt 2-0 in Wdnesday’s Federation Cup quarter-final match decided inside the Goal Project of the Abuja National Stadium.
Two first half goals by Kingsley Sokary and Cameroun import, Rafael Boumsong proved enough to send Enyimba to their back-to-back semi final appearance in the Federation cup.
The cup holders raced into a 25th minute lead when young and enterprising Sokari found the back of Sharks’ net with Boumsong doubling the lead six minutes past the half-hour mark.
The two-time African Champions League winners dominated the entire first period but Sharks rallied round to put strong feet on the trottle in the second half.
But the backline of the defending champions anchored by Chinedu Udoji stood between the Garden City Blue Angels and the goals.
However, the first domestic player to command N1m value, Emeka ‘Ayaya’ Nwanna, was sent off by the referee, forcing Enyimba to complete the game with 10 men.
Sharks would not take advantage of their numerical advantage as Enyimba continued their winning streak over the Gbenga Ogunbote charges in Federation Cup games.
At the Gabros International Stadium, Nnewi, Giwa FC earned their first ever Federation Cup semi-final ticket following a 5-4 win over crown.
Both sides failed to find the back of the net at full time forcing the game to be decided on penalties during which Duke Udi’s Tin City side had the final smile.