Federation Cup: Kwara United draw Rovers FC of Calabar in Round 64, as team seeks govt support

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Kwara United Football Club has been drawn against Rovers FC of Calabar in the Round of 64 of this year’s Federation Cup competition, even as city rivals, Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club were drawn against Zamfara United of Zamfara, in the same Round.

Kwara United FC defeated Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club 2-1 in the state final, as both teams qualify to champion the state’s cause in the Premier Football competition.

Kwara’s female representative, Kwara Ladies will square up against Ahudiya Nnem Queens of Abia State in the Round of 32.

Kwara United Chairman, Kumbi Titiloye used the opportunity to seek government’s support to break the Federation Cup jinx.

Going by records, Alyuf Salam Rocks was the only team from the state to play in the final of the competition, losing 2-0 to Enugu Rangers in the 1976 final.

Confirming the Chairman’s message, the General Manager, Bashir Badawiy said that the bid to win the Federation Cup this year will be pursued with utmost seriousness, even as he urged the Fans and Supporters of the club to rally round the team.

At the national draw conducted inside the NFF Secretariat, Enugu Rangers will go up against Kano Pillars in what is indisputably the pick of the Men’s Round of 64 matches of the competition.

At the draw, NFF President Ibrahim Musa Gusau assured that the Federation is committed to restoring the glamour and glitz of the oldest football championship in the land, while also pledging that the integrity of the competition will be maintained all through the men’s and women’s competitions till the Grand Finale.

The field for the national competition in the Men’s draw was trimmed to 64 following last week’s Play-off matches that saw the elimination of Classic FC of Adamawa, Simon Ben Academy of Kaduna, PRO Line of Kano, Crusaders FC of Bayelsa, KC FC of Kogi and Flight FC of Benue State.

From those games, Warinje FC of Bauchi, PCM FC of Ebonyi, Ine Stars of Edo, Zamfara United Feeders, Fr. Eburuaja of Imo and Gamji Eaglets of Taraba emerged to confirm their slots in Thursday’s draw ceremony.

The men’s competition will begin with Round of 64 matches, before the Round of 32, and then Round of 16 dovetailing to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the Grand Finale.

The women’s competition, which has 31 entries, will begin with Round of 32 games, then the Round of 16, before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the Grand Finale.

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