Saturday, 27 April 2019

How Calabar Rovers crushed Diamond stars to FA Cup finals

As the qualifier matches for the Federation Cup competition gradually comes to a climax, Calabar Rovers Football club yesterday, 24th April in a semifinal match rode on the heads of Diamond Star Football club to not only secure a place in the finals but also to represent Cross River State during the national play off of the Federation Cup competition also known as Atieo.

The match which witnessed a fierce 80 minutes tussle, saw both sides battle it out on a goalless draw even as the crowd of supporters cheered on. But at last, the jinx was broken at the 80th minute of the match when the centre referee awarded a penalty in favour of Calabar Rovers FC. 

The penalty which saw the diamond boys one goal down was also a game changer as it demoralised the losing side while the superior Rovers and off course the winning team triumph to victory after securing another two goals making it a total of 3 goals to none within 5 minutes to the end of the game.

Speaking with newsmen at the close of the day, the coach of the Diamond stars told newsmen that although his boys played against a superior team, he was happy that they gave Rovers FC a tough fight as the match wasn't easy too for their opponent. He agreed that his boys lost concentration towards the end of the game and were demoralised by the penalty awarded by the centre referee towards the end of the game.

In his words, Mr Onyeka, chairman of  Diamond FC said they had planned to be in the finals and having worked hard with the team, but he believes the boys lost concentration and that was when the goals started coming in.

On the other hand, Ebam, the team manager of Rovers FC believes his team stands the chance of beating Ayade FC in the finals slated for Sunday and that they will surely do the state proud at the nationals. 

He said although he wasn't too comfortable with the semi finals match because, in the first half, the players couldn't live up to expectations.

"Yesterdays match for me wasn't too ok because the boys didn't come out the way we expected, but after a couple of changes they could stepped up their game. This clearly means our coaches need to understand our to pair the boys."

"For me I think Calabar Rovers has a good team this season and we will surely achieve more than before". He assured.

The FA Cup finals for Cross River state teams comes up Sunday 28th April by 4pm between Ayade FC and Calabar Rovers at the U.J Esuene stadium.