A non-league club from Enugu has sent the first shocking message of this year's Federation Cup with a surprise victory over the Kaduna representativesNon-league club Ingas FC of Enugu have surprisingly eliminated 9-man National League side Ranchers Bees of Kanduna 2:1 at the Confluence stadium, Lokoja yesterday to progress into the 2013 Federation Cup round of 32.
The underdogs from Enugu started on the back-foot with the Kaduna club taking the early initiatives which resulted into goal within two minutes of the tie with a strike from Pius Samson but the spirited two-times Enugu Football League Champions fought back in the 25th minute through Itaa Ebukachukwu who fired in from close range after a clinical build-up which hit the National League campaigners, Ranchers Bees for the equaliser.
Unrelenting Ingas found another breakthrough in the 37th minute with Edom Williams powering home from ten yards after connecting a well tailored free-kick and turning it in into goal for the Enugu side's second goal in the first half.
The second half saw two Ranchers Bees players' getting the marching orders for rough tackles on Ingas strikers.
There was no much to talk about again after those two incidents as the tie ended 2-1 in favour of Ingas for the first major upset of the 2013 Federation Cup.
Reacting to the shocking exit, Head coach of Ranchers Bees, J.J Alhassan blamed the outcome of the game on the poor motivation received from the Kaduna state government.
“We tried our best, the boys played but lost the game, we only arrived here last night with fourteen players, without support from government we had to honor the match, but in all its the FA Cup - always full of surprises”.
Surprise winners, Ingas of Enugu’s Head Coach, Kingsley Obiekwu, who was an ex-international and member of Atlanta 96 Olympic gold winning team, lauded the performance of the players and expressed delights at making a statement as a coach after been denied opportunity to coach at some Nigerian topflight clubs.
“I give all Glory to God, he gave us the victory,though we collapse in the second half when we should have capitalised on the numerical advantage but still we had the day above all odds. I’m also happy to show case my coaching prowess after bagging a coaching license from US but failed to get job with any Nigeria Premier League before choosing to join Ingas,” he noted.