2015 FA CUP FINAL: WHO DOES THE CROWN FIT? LOBI STARS OR AKWA UNITED?

By James Ibechi, Lagos
image Nigeria’s oldest and glamorous football final takes centre stage once again at the Teslim Balogun Stadium; either Lobi Stars or Akwa Utd could become the 30th team to win it since the championship started in 1942

ROAD TO FINAL

Lobi Stars 5-1 Mighty Junior (State Final)
Lobi Stars 4-1 Junior Sportlight (Round of 64)
Lobi Stars 1-0 Niger Tornadoes(Round of 32)
Lobi Stars 1 Remo Stars 1
(4-3 penalties: Round of 16)
Lobi Stars 2-1 BJ Foundation (Quarter Final)
Lobi Stars 1-0 Enugu Rangers(Semi Final)

Akwa United 0-1 Akwa Starlet(State Final)
Akwa United 6-0 Dallatu United (Round of 64)
Akwa United 3-1 Peacemakers (Round of 32)
Akwa United 1-0 Prime FC (Round of 16)
Akwa United 2-2 Tornadoes Feeders
(4-3 penalties: Quarter Final)
Akwa United 1-0 Nasarawa United(Semi Final)

*THE COACHES

Justin Tenger:
Arguably one of the domestic league longest serving coach, having previously handled Kwara United, Niger Tornadoes, Wikki Tourists, Gombe United and Akwa Utd.
The Tiv-born coach, who is having his fourth spell with the Food Basket Team, is not new to appearing at the finals.

He came close to winning it on home soil in 2008 with the Savannah Scorpions but the heroics of Ocean Boys FC of Brass goalkeeper, Ikechuckwu Ezenwa (now Sunshine Stars shot-stopper) denied him of the winners’ medal, after he stopped Gombe Utd’s 7th spot kick after the game had ended in a four goal thriller at the Makurdi Stadium.

Seven years later, Tenger looks set to bow out of dug-out
winning the Federations Cup medal come Sunday at the Teslim
Balogun Stadium, Lagos against a side he almost did it with
two years ago, but lost to Lobi Stars in the semi-finals.

Zachary Baraje:

Having coached big teams like Enyimba, El Kanemi Warriors,
Nasarawa United and a former assistant to Stanley Eguma when
Dolphins won the Glo Premier League in 2011 at the expense of
Sunshine Stars, Baraje too is a successful coach in the domestic league, though he may not have appeared in much Fed Cup finals.

However, he looks set to making history on Sunday by becoming
the first coach to guide Akwa Utd to winning a major
silverware and to qualify them for the CAF Confederations
Cup.

*Lobi Stars vs Akwa Utd Head-to-Head during the last three
seasons.

2015
Akwa United 1-0 Lobi Stars
Lobi Stars 1-0 Akwa United
2014
Lobi Stars 1-0 Akwa United
Akwa United 1-0 Lobi Stars
2013
Akwa United 2-1 Lobi Stars
Lobi Stars 2-1 Akwa United

*PLAYERS TO WATCH

Lobi Stars
Anthony Okpotu, Samson Gbadebo, Moses Bunde, Anthony Agbaji, Achiv Douglas,
captain Terna Ikpeen.

Akwa Utd
2015 Fed Cup top scorer Ubong Friday, Aniekpeno Udoh, Olewezi
Johnson and Namso Edo.

*PAST WINNERS

War Memorial Challenge Cup
1942 : ZAC Bombers 1-0 Services
1943 : Lagos Marine 3-2 RAF
1944 : Lagos Railways 2-0 Marine
1945 : Lagos Railways 1-1 (4-1) Lagos United
Governor’s Cup
1945 : Marine 1-0 Corinthians
1946 : Lagos Railways 3-1 Port Harcourt FC
1947 : Marine 3-1 Lagos Railways
1948 : Lagos Railways 1-0 Warri
1949 : Lagos Railways 3-0 Port Harcourt FC
1950 : Lagos UAC 3-2 Port Harcourt FC
1951 : Lagos Railways 3-2 Mighty Jets (Jos)
1952 : Lagos PAN Bank 6-0 Warri (Mid-West)
1953 : Kano Pillars F.C. 2-1 Lagos Dynamos
FA Cup
1954 : Calabar 3-0 Kano Pillars F.C.
1955 : Port Harcourt FC 4-1 Warri
1956 : Lagos Railways 3-1 Warri
1957 : Lagos Railways 5-1 Zaria
1958 : Port Harcourt FC 6-0 Federal United
1959 : Ibadan Lions 1-0 Police
Challenge Cup
1960 : Lagos ECN 5-2 Ibadan Lions
1961 : Ibadan Lions 1-0 Lagos UAC
1962 : Police 1-0 Mighty Jets
1963 : Port Harcourt FC 1-0 Mighty Jets
1964 : Lagos Railways 3-1 Mighty Jets
1965 : Lagos ECN 3-1 Mighty Jets
1966 : Ibadan Lions beat Mighty Jets
1967 : Stationery Stores 3-1 Mighty Jets
1968 : Stationery Stores 3-1 (r.) Warri
1969 : Ibadan Lions 5-1 Warri
1970 : Lagos ECN 3-1 Mighty Jets
1971 : WNDC Ibadan 2-1 Enugu Rangers
1972 : Bendel Insurance 3-2 Mighty Jets 1973 : –
1974 : Enugu Rangers 2-0 Mighty Jets
1975 : Enugu Rangers 1-0 Shooting Stars
1976 : Enugu Rangers 2-0 Alyufsalam Rocks
1977 : Shooting Stars 2-0 Racca Rovers (titre attribué 2-0 à
Shooting Stars)
1978 : Bendel Insurance 3-0 Enugu Rangers
1979 : Shooting Stars 2-0 Sharks FC
1980 : Bendel Insurance 1-0 Stationery Stores
1981 : Enugu Rangers 2-0 Bendel Insurance
1982 : Stationery Stores 4-1 Niger Tornadoes
1983 : Enugu Rangers 0-0 (5 t.a.b. à 4) DIC Bees
1984 : Leventis United 1-0 Abiola Babes
1985 : Abiola Babes (6 t.a.b. à 5) BCC Lions
1986 : Leventis United 1-0 Abiola Babes
1987 : Abiola Babes 1-1 (7 t.a.b. à 6) Ranchers Bees
1988 : Iwuanyanwu Nationale 3-0 Flash Flamingoes
1989 : BCC Lions 1-0 Iwuanyanwu Nationale
1990 : Stationery Stores 0-0 (5 t.a.b. à 4) Enugu Rangers
1991 : El-Kanemi Warriors 3-2 Kano Pillars
1992 : El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 Stationery Stores
1993 : BCC Lions 1-0 Plateau United
1994 : BCC Lions 1-0 Julius Berger
1995 : Shooting Stars 2-0 Katsina United
1996 : Julius Berger 1-0 (a.p.) Katsina United
1997 : BCC Lions 1-0 Katsina United
1998 : Wikki Tourists (Bauchi) 0-0 (3 t.a.b. à 2) Plateau
United
Coca Cola FA Cup
1999 : Plateau United 1-0 Iwuanyanwu Nationale
2000 : Niger Tornadoes 1-0 Enugu Rangers
2001 : Dolphin FC 2-0 El-Kanemi Warriors
2002 : Julius Berger 3-0 Yobe Stars
2003 : Lobi Stars 2-0 Sharks
2004 : Dolphin 1-0 Enugu Rangers
2005 : Enyimba 1-1 Lobi Stars(aet, 6-5 pen)
2006 : Dolphin 2-2 Bendel Insurance (aet, 5-3 pen)
2007 : Dolphin FC 1-1 Enugu Rangers (aet, 3-2 pen)
2008 : Ocean Boys 2-2 Gombe United FC (aet, 7-6 pen)
Federation Cup
2009 : Enyimba 1-0 Sharks
2010 : Kaduna United 3-3 Enyimba(aet, 3-2 pen)
2011 : Heartland 1-0 Enyimba
2012 : Heartland 2-1 Lobi Stars
2013 : Enyimba 2-2 Warri Wolves (aet, 5-4 pen)
2014 : Enyimba 2-1 Dolphin
2015 : ?????????????????????

 

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