Rangers International of Enugu will battle Kano Pillars in this year’s Federation Cup final, after both sides won the respective semi-finals on Wednesday
Pillars beat Katsina United 4-1 on penalties after a 2-2 end to regulation time at Agege Stadium, Lagos, while Rangers gallopped back from two goals down to outscore Nasarawa United of Lafia 4-2 in Kano.
Pillars were cruising to a 2-0 win before Katsina United fought back to draw level with goals from central defenders Timothy Danladi and Chinedu Ajanah.
Incidentally, striker Junior Lokosa’s shot was deflected into goal by CHAN Eagles defender Danladi.
Nzube Anaezemba then scored a super goal from distance in the second half to put Pillars two goals up only for Katsina United to stage a remarkable comeback.
However, in the resultant penalty shootout, both Destiny Ashadi and Danladi could not beat the Pillars goalkeeper; with only Obinna Eleje converting his spot kick.
Rangers showed great character in Kano to come back from two goals down and win 4-2 to reach their first cup final since 2007.
The final will hold at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on October 24, with the winners qualifying for next year’s CAF Confederation Cup.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had earlier shifted the male and female finals from this Sunday by two weeks, due to the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya on Saturday in Uyo.
NFF general-secretary was quoted in a press release to have disclosed that the female final will now hold upper Tuesday, while the males will line out the following day.
The statement revealed: “NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi confirmed on Tuesday that the grand finale of the women’s competition will hold at Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa on Tuesday, 23rd October.
“The grand finale of the men’s competition will be played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, capital of Delta State on Wednesday, 24th October.”