El-Kanemi turn to league after Cup exit
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.