Ilorin - Coach Ramson Madu of Heartland FC of Owerri has boasted that his team would win the Federation Cup back-to-back, having eliminated non-Nigeria Premier League (NPL) team, Prime FC of Osogbo.
Madu said this on Wednesday in Ilorin in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after Heartland defeated Prime FC 3-0 on penalties in one of the semi-finals of the competition.
According to him, the team is going to win the final against Lobi Stars FC of Markudi another non-NPL team, on Sunday in Lagos.
Lobi had defeated Kano Pillars 5-4 on penalties in the second semi-final played at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar.
"We are out of the NPL contest but we remain focused on the Federation Cup and we are going to win the trophy back-to-back having won the championship in 2011," the coach said.
Madu lauded the officiating of the match, saying that it was "fair and wonderful".
In his reaction, Coach Ademola Adeshina of Prime FC commended his boys for an excellent performance.
He admitted that his players lost to the better side as a result of their inexperience in the competition.
Adeshina pledged to go back and prepare the team well for their next task.
The coach commended Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun for his support and for mobilising supporters to watch the match in Ilorin.