16 clubs register for FA cup in Enugu
The Secretary of Enugu State Football Association, Francis Ugwu, on Tuesday in Enugu said only 16 clubs registered for the 2017 edition of the state’s Football Association (FA) Cup competition.
Ugwu told newsmen that the competition will therefore have no group stage as a result of the number of participating clubs.
“There will be no room for group stage matches. The competition will start from the round of 16, which is a knockout stage,’’ he said.
The competition, which has Rangers International FC of Enugu as its defending champions, is billed to hold from Thursday till May 1.
Ugwu said Purple Krown FC will take on El-Nahag FC in the first match of the competition by 2 p.m…
“The second match of the day will be between the Flying Angels and Star Plus from 4 p.m.’’
The FA Secretary said Rangers would begin the defence of their title against Independence Layout FC on April 11 by 4 p.m.
He said the round of 16 matches would be completed by April 11, while the quarter-final matches would hold between April 12 and April 13.
“The semi-finals will be played on April 21, while the third-place and final matches will take place on May 1 by 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.,’’ Ugwu said.
He disclosed that all the competition’s matches would be played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
Ugwu however acknowledged that the competition’s match fixtures were amenable to changes.
“This is because some unavoidable circumstance may lead to changes in dates and times after consideration.’’
He urged the participating clubs to play according to the rules and regulations guiding the competition as defaulters would be punished accordingly.