New League Champions, Plateau United refused to be carried away by their recent title feat and celebrations as they dispatched Akwa Starlets in the Aiteo Cup on Wednesday.
Any doubt of being overwhelmed with League celebrations completely wore off in the second half of their keenly contested round of 16 Aiteo Cup clash against the Uyo based minors.
The Kennedy Boboye coached side wrapped up the league title on the final day and became 50 Million Naira richer.
The team is well on course for a domestic double as they clinch a final eight spot in the FA Cup in their 2-1 win of Akwa Starlets.
Fellow top flight teams, FC IfeanyiUbah, Sunshine Stars and Akwa United also overcame their less illustrious opponents.
Others teams aside Plateau United will be hoping to emerge winners of the competition to clinch the sole remaining continental ticket for the Caf Confederations Cup.
Other Results (Men)
Ngwa FC 1 – 3 Sunshine Stars
Akwa United 5 – 1 Shooting Stars
FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3 – 1 Heartland FC
Osun United 2 – 1 El Kanemi Babes
Unicem Rovers 0 – 1 ABS FC
Ekiti United 1 – 1 Katsina Utd Feeders
FC Abuja 0 – 0 Niger Tornadoes
Replays for the matches that ended in a draw have been scheduled for Saturday at the home of the previously away teams.
Mikel: Zambia Is In Good Spirit But It’s Time To Wrap It Up
Super Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi is not getting carried away by Nigeria being tipped the favourites to outclass Zambia.
The Tianjin Teda midfielder, John Obi Mikel is not underating the Zambians and has dismissed their Underdog Tag.
Serious Task Ahead
Mikel, knowing what is astake, has however given an insight of what the Super Eagles will do come next week Saturday.
Having defeated Algeria home and away, Mikel believes the Super Eagles will have to take Zambia seriously.
But he is confident Nigeria will grab the the ticket to the World Cup in Russia with a victory.
”I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers.
Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat,” Mikel told thenff.com.
”We will take them very serious on 7th October because they clearly have a new spirit. It is time we wrap this up.”
In conclusion, the former Chelsea ace heaped praise on his teammates and the technical crew.
He explained that the Super Eagles’ imminent World Cup qualification is due to the crew’s hardwork and positive approach.
Mikel added : ”We have all shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be at the pole position in a group tagged ‘Group of Death.’
“Commendations must go to the entire team and the Coach, but we must finish it up in Uyo and secure our ticket right there.”
Bondo To Decide Nigeria Versus Zambia Affair
39-year old Bostwana referee, Joshua Bondo will take charge of proceedings of Nigeria’s match against Zambia.
Bondo who has been an international referee for the past 10 years will take charge of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo next week Saturday.
FIFA has chosen Bondo alongside his countrymen, Oamogetse Godisamang, 40, and Tirelo Mositwane, 30, to rule over the game.
Godisamang, an international assistant referee since year 2010 will serve as Assistant Referee 1, while Tirelo Mositwane, an international referee since 2013 will serve as Fourth Official.
Souru Phatsoane from Lesotho will be the Assistant Referee 2 for the October 7 showdown.
South Africa’s Mr. Carlos Manuel Neves Henriques will be the Referee Assessor while Sudanese Osama Hassan Ataaelmanan is the match commissioner.
Hassan was also the Match Commissioner for the game between Nigeria and Cameroon in Yaounde on September 4.
Battle Of Champions
A win in Uyo will see three –time African champions, Nigeria seal a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance in Russia.
2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners, Zambia, will face the champions of the 2013, Nigeria, on October 7.
The make-or-break game will Kick –off at 5pm at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
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