Abia - Farriel Allaputa, the spokesman of Enyimba FC of Aba, on Tuesday said the club was already looking beyond the group stage of the Federation Cup.
Enyimba will face three other clubs in the Group A of the tournament scheduled for the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.
They are two premier league clubs, Warri Wolves and Lobi Stars of Makurdi while Samba FC of Enugu is the only non-league side in the group.
Allaputa told NAN in Aba, Abia, that Enyimba, last year’s runners-up, hoped to advance beyond the group and eventually get to the final.
“We are leaving for Bauchi from Makurdi after playing Lobi Stars in a re-scheduled Premier League game on Wednesday.
``Our ambition is to get to the Federation Cup final and perhaps lift the trophy. We narrowly lost to eventual winners, Heartland FC, last year in Lagos,’’ Allaputa said.
Heartland of Owerri are in Group D in Port Harcourt alongside Gombe United and Plateau United, two premier league sides, as well as second-tier National League's Nasarawa United FC.
In Group B at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, are Kwara United FC of Ilorin, Kano Pillars, Crown FC of Ogbomosho and El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri.
Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, will host Group C matches involving Enugu Rangers, Sharks FC of Port Harcourt, Prime FC of Oshogbo and Dynamite Force of Edo, a Nationwide League club.
The group stage of the competition will hold between July 16 and July 20.