Borno - Chairman of El-Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri, Alhaji Zanna Mala, has attributed the club's promotion to the Nigerian Premier League to the hard work and dedication of the players.
Mala said this in Abuja after the team’s victory over Premier League side, Rising Stars FC of Ondo State in the 2012 Federation Cup.
The team had knocked out the Rising Stars 5-4 on penalties after both sides ended play 2-2 at regulation time in their Round of 64 fixture on Tuesday.
The team was playing their first competitive match since gaining promotion to the Nigerian Premier League (NPL) in May.
Mala said that the Borno Government, owners of the club, had motivated the team to lift the Federation Cup trophy.
He said their qualification for the next round of the FA cup was an indication that their promotion to the Premier League was not a fluke, saying their return to the Nigerian elite league has been justified.
"We are not taking anything for granted because we have won this trophy twice; in 1991 and 1992.
"However, we are coming back to the Premier League to occupy our position. We are no strangers there.
"The likes of Enugu Rangers, Enyimba and Heartland FC have been missing El-Kanemi for a long time now,'' Mala said.