Nigeria's Dolphins sink Enyimba as Rangers confront Bayelsa

UPDATED: 16:32, June 24, 2007

The hope of Enyimba International of Aba of clinching a double this year was dashed in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital as defending champion, Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt beat the Aba Elephants 4-2 on penalties to advance to the semi-final stage of the Coca-Cola FA Cup on Saturday.

In an explosive match played at the Ilorin Township Stadium saw both sides playing a goalless draw throughout the encounter.

Dolphins who will be campaigning in the pro-league next season affirmed their promise of retaining the coveted trophy when they won the penalty shootout on 4-2 to book a place in the semi-final.

Dolphins won the competition in 2004 and repeated the feat last year, while Enyimba won the trophy for the first time in 2005.

Dolphins are expected to use the championship to boost their chances of playing in a continental championship next season despite being demoted to the lower division.

On Saturday at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, crisis-ridden Enugu Rangers, which against all odds survived from the Ilorin zone, continue their quest for a continental ticket with a testy battle against Bayelsa United.

Goalkeeper Uche Akubuike said the team would want to use the competition to pacify their teeming fans after a poor outing at the last Globacom Super Four in Lagos.

"It was painful missing out from the continental championship at the last Globacom Super Four in Lagos. But we are ready to return to the continent through this championship. Having made it to the quarterfinal of the competition, I believe nothing will stop us from clinching the trophy, " said Akubuike.

Source: Xinhua

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