Lobi Stars booked a passage to the quarter final of the 2013 Federation Cup competition after edging out ABS of Ilorin 5-4 on penalties at a game played at the Bako Kotangora Stadium, Minna.
Both sides failed to establish clear cut chances and superiority in their early exchanges of fireworks but ABS goalkeeper wa the busier of the two goalies. He was called to duty twice when he came out twice to save two block buster shots off the boots of John Kollins.
The two soccer gladiators retired for the first half on a goalless draw and the second half did not witness much changes from the first as they were both cautious with their approach to the game as the time strolled to its end.
The game was decided by penalty kick lottery which was eventually won by Lobi Stars.
Lobi penalty kicks were converted by Anthony Okpotu, Barnabas Imenger Jnr, Esosa Igbinoba, Emmanuel Ajia and Terkaa Melai who was adjudged the man of the match. Melai, Lobi's goalkeeper was the hero of the match after he saved ABS final penalty kick just like the way he did during Lobi's Round of 64 clash against Crown of Ogbomosho at the same Minna some weeks back.
An elated Lobi's Vice Chairman,Dominic Iorfa gave God the glory and warned his players not to over celebrate the feat since it is still a long journey to the final.
"I want to thank the players for their act of bravery and also commend the coaches for their role too. We give God the glory for this feat and it has wiped off our agonising lost to Akwa United in Uyo last Sunday.
"We must remain focused because it is still a long road to the final. Who says we can't make it back to back to the final again?" Iorfa said to Goal