This Day (Lagos)

6 May 2012

Nigeria: Rovers Win Cross River Federation Cup

Nigeria National League side Unicem Rovers on Saturday in Calabar lifted the 2012 Cross River State Federation Cup after beating Canaan United 3-0 in a thrilling encounter played at the U. J Esuene Stadium.

Having enjoyed a good run of form in the Nationwide League Division 2 as well as impressive results in the Federation Cup prior to the final, Canaan United were tipped to add the state's Federation Cup to the Governor's Cup they won early this year, but it turned out to be a nightmare for the team from Calabar South L.G.A.

Winger Archibong Eso scored a beauty in-between Emmanuel Ovat's well taken double strike in a game that was completely dominated by Rovers whose win made it three trophies in a row in the Federation Cup.

Akpabuyo United claimed the third place after walking over Ekabokom Stars earlier on Saturday.

Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke, who was represented by the State Deputy Governor Efiok Cobham, charged the finalists to be focused and hardworking as they represent the state in the preliminary round of the Federation Cup at the national level while promising government's continued support for football development in the state.

"I want to urge both teams to be hardworking as you get into the advance stage of this competition. Government will continue to support you and football development in the state," he said.

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