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Defending champions Heartland will take on Sharks in Benin

Federation Cup round of 16 matches will be tough, says Lawrence Akpokona

Defending champions Heartland will take on Sharks in Benin

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The former Insurance coach says the pairings on Wednesday will be too close to call as all the teams are evenly matched

Ex-Insurance coach, Lawrence Akpokona has predicted that the Federation Cup round of 16 matches will surely be too tough for anybody to predict as all the teams are capable of getting good results.

Akpokona who has handled the Benin side to various Federation Cup games told Goal that it is going to be a big battle for any team to triumph.

All the games in this round will be played on Wednesday in various centers.

"The games that will come up will be very tough. No team is sure to win because all 16 teams are good. Apart from Niger Tornadoes, the other two teams in the National League, Abia Warriors and Akwa Starlets will face each other in Calabar.

"Heartland will face Sharks in Benin and that is one big game that football fans will enjoy. Enyimba and Shooting Stars will burn the grass in Abuja, while Rangers and Akwa United will entertain the people of Owerri.

"The Lobi Stars game against ABS will also bring out the best in the two teams. There is no game that will be easy. And that is what the Federation Cup should be.

"One of the factors that will determine the game is how each team approaches the match. The Federation Cup is a knock out competition.

"So the club that needs the game more will triumph. We should all expect shocking results like it happened in the round of 32.

"All the teams also believe that the Federation Cup is the fastest way to play in the continent, so no club will be a push over. I am waiting to see the drama that will unfold after the matches," Akpokona said.

Federation Cup Round of 16 Fixtures

Akwa United Vs Enugu Rangers  -  Owerri
Heartland  Vs  Sharks                - Benin
Warri Wolves  Vs  Niger Tornadoes  - Akure
Abia Warriors   Vs  Akwa Starlets    - Calabar
Lobi Stars    Vs ABS    - Minna
Enyimba  Vs  Shooting Stars    - Abuja
Kano Pillars  Vs  Gombe   - Jos
Nasarawa United   Vs   Sunshine Stars   - Lokoja

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