NFA promises to restore FA Cup glory




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ABUJA – Musa Amadu, NFA Secretary-General said Tuesday that that the NFA would continue do its best bring back the glory the Federation Cup, otherwise known as FA cup.
He said Abuja during the FA Cup draws that efforts were being intensified ensure the competition had substantive sponsors.
“We are trying our best for the past three, four years bring back the glamour the FA Cup now christened the Federation Cup.
 “ course it has been largely sponsored by both NFA and the Lagos State Government; we are the lookout for a substantive sponsor of the Federation Cup.
 “But I know we are moving the right direction.
 “Probably a couple of years we should be able to get a title sponsor so that the federation cup can continue to be as glamorous as it used to be.”
At the draws, 20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) got what could be described as easy pairing.
 Twenty NPFL clubs, 17 Nigeria National League (NNL) clubs, 14 Nigeria Nation-Wide League clubs and 13 non-league clubs will face each in the competition.
 The NPFL clubs are Enyimba of Aba, Nembe of Brass, Heartland of Owerri, Sharks of Harcourt, Gombe United, Warri Wolves, Nasarawa United, Sunshine Stars of Akure and Rangers International of Enugu.
 Others are Giwa FC of , Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi, FC Taraba, Warriors, El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri, Dolphins FC of Harcourt, Bayelsa United, Akwa United FC of Uyo and Pillars.
 The draw will see Enyimba engage United, while CBN Cashless FC of Jigawa will square up against Nembe of Brass.
 Heartland of Owerri will engage Ebonyi United while Ikpeazu FC of will have hands full when they confront Enugu Rangers.
 Sharks FC of Harcourt will trade tackles with Kwara United; Young Elephants of will test might against Nasarawa United while Kaduna United Leopard FC of Cross River.
 
In encounters Crown FC of Ogbomosho face Bright Stars of Ebonyi, Remo Stars are up against Bayelsa United, Akwa United meet FC Abuja, Gateway FC engage Pillars, while Giwa FC face ABS FC, Ilorin.
 Elsewhere, Lobi Stars will slug it with Tornadoes Feeders of Minna, FC Taraba against AS Racine of Lagos, Warriors Mafara United FC of Zamfara, while Wikki Tourists of will test El-Kanemi of Maiduguri.
Dolphins were paired to face Ingas FC of Enugu, as Gombe United play Patin FC of Imo, while Warri Wolves square up against Dan Buran FC of .
 Draw for the FA Competition was also conducted with 10 Premier League teams, five Professional League teams and three non-league team to encounter each . (NAN)