Akwa Starlets chairman, Ini Edoho says his club is poised to beat Abia Warriors at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Wednesday to book a place in the quarter final of the 2013 Federation Cup competition following on their giant killing run this year.
The Uyo club accounted for the exit of Kwara United and Dolphins in the previous rounds of the competition and Edoho in a chat with Goal opined that another win over Abia Warriors that they know too well will pass the message to other clubs that they are serious title contenders.
He said they had met fellow National League side Abia Warriors in the league twice this season and remained unbeaten in those matches.
"We want to show Nigerians that our wins over Kwara United and Dolphins were no fluke and the only way to show that is by beating Abia Warriors that we know inside out for a place in the last eight," Edoho, a former top official of Mobil Pegasus and Enyimba told Goal.
"We beat them 4-0 in Uyo and drew at Umuahia. We are expecting a good match in Calabar and with God on our side, we shall take Abia Warriors to the cleaners like we did to Kwara United and Dolphins."
Only three clubs out of the remaining 16 are from the National League while the rest play in the premier league. The third being Niger Tornadoes who also have a date with Warri Wolves at Akure on Wednesday.
Heartland of Owerri are the defending champions after a close 2-1 victory over Lobi Stars in Lagos last year but National League side Prime of Oshogbo grabbed the bronze medal at the expense of Kano Pillars also in 2012.