Thursday, September 12, 2013

Federation Cup final MIAs

By Ojeikere Aikhoje

The 2013 Federation Cup takes centre stage in Nigeria on Sunday and the duo of Enyimba and Warri Wolves are expected to parade their top stars for the big event.

However, several top stars will be missing in action.

In this report, profiles the stars who will watch from the stands as their teams take to the battle ground.

Bishop Onyeudo

Onyeudo (pictured) arrived as a mid-season signing from Gombe United after emerging as one of the revelations of the seasons.

Onyeudo scored eight goals at Gombe United and has added four at Enyimba to underscore his importance. The Aba fans are excited he didn’t leave his scoring boots in the north.

Having played some Cup matches at Gombe United, the tallest man at Enyimba is Cup-tied and can’t feature in what would have been his first-ever final.

Victor Ezeji

Ezeji needs no introduction for his records in the Cup competition.

From 2004 through 2007, Ezeji won three-editions of the defunct Coca-Cola FA Cup with Dolphins and was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the 2006 edition.

The forward also won the Golden Boot in 2006.

Interestingly, Ezeji won consecutive finals win Dolphins in 2006 and 2007.

The forward who is the most decorated player in the domestic scene arrived Enyimba as a free agent during the mid-season break, which makes him unavailable for what would have been his fourth final.

Emeka Nwanna

Fondly called “Ayaya,” the forward is rolling back the years after his mid-season move to Enyimba as a free agent.

No doubt, Nwanna’s space has reduced, but he brings experience to the Enyimba side.

Daniel Etor

Etor has brought more creativity to the Enyimba squad since his arrival during the mid-season.

The club will miss his contributions in what will their biggest match of the season.

Efe Yarhere

Yarhere started the season at Enugu Rangers, but has returned to his parent club, Warri Wolves.

On a good day, you can count on him to deliver in front of goal.

Since he started the Cup race at Rangers, Yarhere won’t be part of Wolves’ biggest match in the competition.

Michael Egbeta

The return of Egbeta to his parent club, Warri Wolves rules him out of Sunday’s Cup final.

Egbeta and Yarhere started the season at Enugu Rangers.

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