El-Kanemi turn to league after Cup exit

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El-Kanemi War­riors for­ward Chinedu Ohana­chom says his side are now fully fo­cused on the Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League (NPFL) after their round of 32 exit from the Fed­er­a­tion Cup.

The Maiduguri War­riors were dumped from the 2016 Fed­er­a­tion Cup after los­ing 1-4 on penal­ties to the Nige­rian cham­pi­ons Eny­imba in Abuja on Wed­nes­day.

Ohana­chom said their elim­i­na­tion still hurts but they will work very hard to end the top-flight cam­paign among the top five teams.

“We are very dis­ap­pointed with the penal­ties and sub­se­quent elim­i­na­tion from the tour­na­ment.

“We had a dream to make it far in the Fed­er­a­tion Cup, but that lofty dream was not to be.

“It’s done and dusted as far as the Fed­er­a­tion Cup is con­cerned. Right now we have no other op­tion than to give the league our full at­ten­tion.

“We strongly be­lieve that a top five fin­ish in the top-flight is quite achiev­able.

“The teams are close to each other on the league log and we be­lieve with more hard work we could well nab one of the con­ti­nen­tal tick­ets up for grabs.

“So we are chal­lenged rather than discouraged to go to FC Ifeany­iUbah on Sun­day in Nnewi to fight for the three points at stake.

“A good re­sult in that en­counter will fur­ther push our cause and spur us on to chal­lenge for the points in other matches on the cal­en­dar,” said the for­mer FC Taraba marks­man to supersport.com.

The Maiduguri-based side are ninth on the Nige­rian top-flight log on 34 points, nine be­hind league lead­ers Wikki Tourists.

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