Enyimba players fasted & prayed to ensure Federation Cup success, says Femi Thomas

The Peoples Elephant goalkeeper has explained the real reasons they won the Federation Cup at the expense of Warri Wolves

Enyimba goalkeeper Femi Thomas has revealed the ingredients that enabled them to beat Warri Wolves in the final of the Federation Cup on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. The Aba Millionaires won 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 in regulation.

Thomas disclosed that they knew they would emerge victorious even before the game was played because of the amount of spiritual warfare they had to battle before Sunday's final.

He said all the players and officials of the club fasted and prayed for days before the final game to ask for God's direction and also to have their minds prepared for the battle against the Seasiders.

Thomas opined that he was thrilled to have emerged victorious in the Federation Cup final after near misses by him.

He saved a kick from Wolves' captain Azubuike Egwuekwe before Fidelis Saviour converted the final penalty kick that handed the trophy to the Aba Millionaires.

"I am happy and grateful to God for guiding our way to the final and also ensuring we won the cup. It has been a great battle before we eventually won. We fasted and prayed for days and I am more than full of praise to God for granting our personal wishes,” Thomas told Goal.

"We knew we would win but we never knew it would be this difficult. I have won the Federation Cup title now and I hope to continue with this trend for a long time to come," he said.

Enyimba will play on the continent next season at least in the CAF Confederation Cup but they still have the prospect of featuring in the CAF Champions League.

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