Abuja - Nigerian champions Enyimba FC are in battle again,
few days after they drew the short end against Ugandan champions Vipers FC in a
first round, first leg CAF Champions League encounter in Kampala.
This time, the People’s Elephant are up against Federation
Cup winners Akwa United of Uyo in the annual Charity Cup match, in what is
billed to be a titanic session at the National Stadium, Abuja on Wednesday. The
Charity Cup traditionally opens the football season.
Akwa United are brimming with immense confidence following a
run of marvelous results, including beating better –fancied Lobi Stars to win
the Federation Cup and conquering fellow continental campaigners (Enyimba FC,
Warri Wolves and Nasarawa in two rounds of the Super Four organized by the
League Management Company.
On Saturday, the boys from the Land of Promise boldly
promised more, by beating more experienced Vita Club Mokanda of Congo 1-0 in
Pointe Noir in a CAF Confederation Cup first round, first leg match.
In Abuja on Wednesday, Ubong Moses Ekpai, whose goal in
Pointe Noir has made the return leg against Vita Club Mokanda an easier
session, will seek more goals, with goalkeeper Olufemi Kayode, former junior
international Samuel Okon, Namso Edo, Ubong Friday, Kufre Ebong and U-23 star
Godspower Igudia also set to impress.
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Enyimba FC have returned from Uganda feeling a sting, and it
is the right time to let off steam and regain confidence ahead of the return
leg against Vipers FC.
Enyimba boast three of the best goalkeepers in the land,
namely Olufemi Thomas, Moses Ocheje and Theophilus Afelokhai who was in action
in Kampala, but any of the three can do a great job any day. They also have on
their books Super Eagles’ aces Chima Akas, Kalu Orji and Ezekiel Bassey, as
well as other decent names like Chinedu Udoji, Ugwu Uwadiegwu, Christian
Pyagbara, Bartholomew Ibenegbu, Daniel Etor, Mfon Udoh, Andrew Abalogu, Oladapo
Olufemi and Nzube Anaezemba.
The match is also the perfect tune –up for both teams as the
new Nigeria Professional Football League kicks off this weekend. For
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