The Peoples Elephant are targeting their third triumph in five finals while the Seasiders are hoping to be first time lucky in Sunday’s grand finale at the Teslim Balogun Stadium
The two sides battled and weathered through the storm before getting the ticket to the final this term. The Peoples Elephant are not new customers to the country’s oldest Cup competition having played in the final four times before.
Warri Wolves made a priority to improve on their far from impressive record in the competition this year. Their best outing previously was a place in the last 16.
Enyimba were victorious in their first two final appearances in 2005 and 2009 when they beat Lobi Stars and Sharks to both titles but their final two outings have ended in losses. Kaduna United and Heartland of Owerri stopped them in 2010 and 2011 despite the Aba Millionaires being the bookmakers’ favourites to win the trophy on both occasions.
Both sides have been talking tough ahead of the clash but Enyimba who are playing in their fifth cup final have been more vocal. Enyimba's Rasheed Olabiyi, Chinedu Udoji, Markson Ojobo, Femi Thomas, Ifeanyi Ede, Amanfor Chimezie, coach Salisu Yusuf and his lieutenants and a host of others have assured that Warri Wolves would be taken to the cleaners while the Seasiders have not been silent on their part too.
Oghenekaro Etebo whose debut season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will remain evergreen in years to come leads Warri Wolves’ assault on Enyimba. Etebo has scored 12 league goals with few more in the cup competition this season alone. He has also got a call up to the home-based Super Eagles and assisted in the team's qualification for the CHAN championship- a competition for players plying their trade in their respective domestic leagues.
Apart from Etebo, Warri Wolves can also count on the daring saves of Marshall Odah, Kelvin Itoya, Joseph Osadaiye, Monday Osagie, Musa Nejere, Goodluck Onamado, Azubuike Egwueke, Austin Amutu among others.
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