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Club chairman optimistic Comets will win 2016 Cup title in Abia

18 April 2016, 19:44

Umuahia - The Chairman of Abia Comets Football Club of Umuahia, Victor Nwakanma, on Sunday said he was hopeful his team would win the 2016 edition of the Federation Cup in Abia.

Nwakanma, also the club's Chief Coach, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia that his club was now raring to go in the competition and crush all opposition.

The chairman, speaking after the team's semi-final match in the competition against Abia Warriors FC at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Sunday, said the club was well equipped to excel.

“The club had abandoned the competition for three years to protest the alleged bad treatment it suffered. Now, I will be glad to win the trophy in order to prove a point,’’ he said.

Nwakanma commended the ruggedness and determination of his players while taking on the Abia Warriors, who are a 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side and are presently title favourites.

He however regretted that the club was grossly underfunded, appealing to Abia state’s Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu to come to their rescue through financial and logistics support.

Also read: Abia Warriors, Enyimba for Abia FA Cup semis

“The club has no bus and usually travelled for away matches in hired buses and with a paltry sum of about N200,000,’’ the coach said.

He expressed optimism that the club would be promoted to join Enyimba and Abia Warriors in the NPFL by the end of the current league season.

Reacting to the defeat, Abia Warriors’ Media Adviser, Igwe Onuoha, said the team played well but failed to convert the several chances they created.

“This is like a local derby and anything could happen and, since we could not win the match within the regulation time, the penalty shootout came in to become anybody's luck.

“Nobody is an expert in penalty in playing spot kicks. Even the best footballers in the world miss penalty kicks," he said.

Abia Comets had defeated Abia Warriors 5-4 during the penalty shootout which followed their goalless draw after regulation time.

They will now slug it out with winners of the second semi-final pairing between Enyimba International FC of Aba and Abonta FC of Abia.


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