Katsina, Abeokuta To Host Fed Cup Semis

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has picked Katsina’s Karkanda Stadium and Abeokuta’s Moshood Abiola Stadium as venues for the 2015 Federation Cup men’s semi-final matches.

The matches would be played on Wednesday August 19, 2015.

Five-time winners, Rangers International Football Club of Enugu will play two-time winners, Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi in Katsina, while the second semi-final between Nasarawa United FC of Lafia and Akwa United FC of Uyo will hold in Abeokuta.

Rangers defeated El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri 3-0 on Wednesday to advance to this stage, while Lobi Stars eliminated BJ Foundation of Benin 2-1 to qualify.

Akwa United, however, send Niger Tornadoes Feeders packing 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in regulation time, while Nasarawa United pipped FC IfeanyiUbah 1-0.

In the women’s category, Kogi Confluence Queens will play Bayelsa Queens at the Oleh Township Stadium, while Nasarawa Amazons of Lafia will play Sunshine Queens of Akure at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.

However, Coach of BJ Foundation club, Charles Idahosa, has blamed the referee for the quarterfinal exit.

Idahosa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Thursday that their defeat was as a result of poor officiating by the referee, saying the 1-2 loss was painful.

Idahosa said it was unfortunate that such a referee was still allowed by the Nigeria Referee Council to officiate in matches.

``We didn’t lose because we played badly but because the referee was against us. In fact, we played our best match since the commencement of Federation Cup.

“We played against not only Lobi but the referee as well. I must say that Lobi did all they could to win the match at all cost. We had all necessary support to have won that match but it is unfortunate that were robbed of victory.

“We had support from the Edo State Government that even sent a delegation, headed by the commissioner for sports to watch our quarter final match”.

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