By Albert Akota
This year’s Men Federation Cup competition hits the Round of 16 stages on Thursday with a number of interesting fixtures, including three ties involving Premier League teams.
Two former champions, El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt will lock horns at the Lafia Township Stadium, while two-time African champions Enyimba FC of Aba trade tackles with Nembe City at the Akure Township Stadium in Akure.
The Enyimba International Stadium, Aba will host the clash between Crown FC of Ogbomoso and Nasarawa FC of Lafia.
Sharks FC of Port Harcourt and Dynamite of Benin City will battle the Kayode Oluyemi Stadium in Ado-Ekiti; Giwa FC, conquerors of Enugu Rangers in the last round will try to get the better of Bendel Insurance in Ilorin and; Lobi Stars of Makurdi take on Plateau United of Jos at the Minna Township Stadium.
Bayelsa United, which pipped FRSC of Abuja 2-1 to get to this stage, will seek a quarter final ticket at the expense of Gateway FC of Abeokuta at the FIFA Goal Project, Abuja, with Prime FC of Osogbo also up against First Bank of Lagos at the Sam Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.