2010 federation cup champions, Kaduna United are aiming to down Rivers United in the round of 32 fixtures of the 2016 Federation cup at the Aper Aku stadium, Makurdi.
The Coach Taiye Yusuf tutored side is hungry and young but they do not possess the experience laden with Rivers United. However, Coach Yusuf says inexperience will not deter his wards from doing what is necessary in the game.
“Sometimes it’s not by experience but by the upset that comes with the federation cup” he told Vavel Nigeria from the team’s camp in Makurdi.
“The players are ready for the task even though Rivers United are a very good side with more matured players but it won’t count when the two sides file out for action” Yusuf concluded.
Kaduna United plies its trade in the NNL following their inability to gain promotion back to the topflight last season, though under the previous management. The air of optimism from Yusuf perhaps stems from the fact that his side is yet to lose in four competitive matches since the start of the NNL.
In the last round, Kaduna united saw off a determined Bridge FC from Lagos with a 3-1 comfortable victory. Abubakar Hassan and a brace from Aminu Musa sealed a round of 32 passage for the Crocodile team. Kaduna United is hoping to once again, rely on the immense goalkeeping experience of David Walbe, a former captain of Abia Warriors and Mighty Jets, who also had a stint with ABS, will surely be a source of motivation for the rest of the team.
However, Rivers United stands as a more potent threat to the ambition of Kaduna United especially with in-form right winger Bernard Ovoke who has score seven goals in all competitions this season for the Port-Harcourt based side. Another player to watch out for is the tricky Ivorian, Kingsley Wei who could cause Kaduna United some real troubles.
In other federations cup fixtures, Wednesday and Thursday will host 15 matches of the men’s competition and eight matches of the women’s competition with Abuja, Makurdi, Enugu and Lokoja hosting three matches each. Enugu Rangers against ABS FC in Bauchi, Shooting Stars testing Almar FC in Agege (Lagos), Kano Pillars up against Prime FC in Lokoja.
The encounter between Plateau United and Dreams FC of Makurdi, earlier slated for Damaturu, has been moved to Abuja, while the Crown FC/Niger Tornadoes clash will now take place in Benin City instead of Akure.
The women’s competition which is in the Round of 16 will have Cup holders Sunshine Queens file out against Osun Babes in Ibadan, Delta Queens will tackle Ibom Angels at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri and Katsina Queens will face Gift of Life FC in Abuja.