By Ekpor Temple
Rivers United, Go Round FC, PH City FC and Urim FC have all made it to the semi finals of the Rivers State FA Cup.
Goals from Olu Junior, Kelechi Osigwe and John Bassy were all PH City FC needed to demolish Family Love FC 3- 0 to comfortably secure a place in this year Rivers State FA Cup Semi -Finals.
Family Love in the first round overcame Dolphins Youth 9-8 courtesy of a Penalty Shoot out but were no match for the coach Zico tutored PH City FC side.
They were humbled in front of the fans at the Sharks FC Stadium.
After the encounter, Coach Zico (Joseph Egbu) confidently expressed how he felt to Nigerianfootballer.com
“Well, I feel like other coaches who won a match, not less than that. He said.
”I expect the technical crew to go do more work to increase the techniques of the boys and to encourage the boys to go all out and get the national ticket,” Zico said.
Coach of Family Love FC was filled with anger and declined to speak with any journalist after his team lost.
God of Soccer turned things around
In the second match of the day, Rivers United Youth lost Urim FC and coach of the side, Ken Chukwu attributed the loss to a Supreme, Supernatural being, God.
Urim FC and Rivers United Feeders were in fine form all through the game, but both not clinical enough to take advantage the other’s defensive ills.
Urim FC however were lucky during the spot kick, with a ( 5-4 ) scoreline, after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time.
Lucky Batubo, the coach of Urim told NigerianFootballer.com that the grace of God was upon him and his team.
“Every body wants to win. Every body feels they can come out and win, but that’s the key everybody has.
“What most people don’t have is the zeal to prepare and win. We are prepared for this year FA Cup and that’s what is showing in the bigger picture here,” He told Nigerianfootballer.com
Ken Chukwu, coach of the Rivers United Feeders was saddened by the display of his lads and expressed his disappointment.
“Football is a game of chance, you take it or you lose it and that’s what really happened. We are supposed to have won this game in the first half, and we lost those chances. Penalty is any man’s game,” He said.
He also reacted to the inability of his team to always make it through penalty shootouts in the FA Cup,
“If you come to our training ground, there’s hardly any time we don’t fix penalty kicks (as a training regime), but sometimes when the stakes are high, the God of Soccer turns it the way he wants it.
“That’s my major concern. We lost on penalties last year to Cynosure FC and today after ninety minutes the same penalty. That’s my major worry.
“Apart from that the team is doing well. It’s just the God of Soccer. Football is sometimes win, lose or draw. It turns around. If it goes to penalties then it is nobody’s game,” He told Nigerianfootballer.com.
Udube happy Go Round FC has progressed
Go Round FC coach, Willy Udube was a happy man on Wednesday after his side progressed to the semi finals.
It was goals from Adelani Adeseun (penalty) in the 16th minute and Samuel Stone, 77th that ensured the Omoku based side overcame Wilbros FC to qualify.
Ade the Great, coach of Wilbros FC told NigerianFootballer.com that that he has no regrets since this is the first time they will be in the FA Cup.
“My players were goal shy and respected the the NPFL side too much. It is also our first time in the FA Cup so the experience is good for us.”
Rivers United struggle, but go through
Rivers United battled to a 3-2 win over Glodek FC to make up the 4th semi final slot.
The match was truly heated, an end to end game, but United used their wealth of experience to humble the super league side.
The three goals for Rivers United came in the first half.
The bother team missed couples of goal scoring opportunities.