Enugu Rangers head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote has revealed that the encouragement from the state government is among the reasons they want to do their best to win the 2018 Federation Cup.
The Flying Antelopes zoomed into the group stages of the cup competition on Sunday in Abuja after they swept aside Kebbi United 3-0 through the goals of Ugochukwu Ugwuoke, Ugonna Uzochukwu and Chidera Eze in the 38th, 40th and 90th minutes of the game.
Speaking after the game, Ogunbote said that he was delighted that his players corrected the lapses they had against Niger Tornadoes Feeders in the Round of 64 and that they have now fixed their sights on lifting the Federation Cup title to ensure they end the season with silverware.
“It was a sweet win for us and I thank all that made it possible for us. We left for Abuja to get a win and we are extremely happy to get that,” Ogunbote told Goal.
“We want to do everything possible to show to our sports-loving Governor that we are appreciative of his gesture and concern to the team. We will strive as much as possible to go all the way to ensure that we win the Federation Cup to compensate for our inability to do well in the league.
“I told my players that I won’t like a repeat of what happened against Niger Tornadoes Feeders that we were unable to take the chances we created and they swiftly responded with this type of performance. It was a good way to land in the group stage and we will continue to try our best to ensure that we present ourselves with the opportunity to lay our hands on the trophy at the end.”
He stressed that as much as they are targeting the Federation Cup title they must be prepared to meet and beat any team they are drawn against.
“I know that most of the lower league teams will give way to the experienced teams in the group stages but it is still our desire to win the competition. We will like to be drawn against any of the remaining 15 teams,” he continued.
“It is a competition meant for the team with the right mental toughness and the desire to go all out against all odds. We are willing to play against any team as it is our desire to win the Federation Cup regardless of the opposition we are presented with.”
The Flying Antelopes are eyeing another shot in the final of the annual cup competition since 2007 when they last got to the final before losing to the defunct Dolphins 3-2 on penalties.
They have won the competition on five occasions in the past but they last won it in 1983.