Federation Cup: Rangers, Insurance Battle For 2023 Crown In A Repeat Of 1981 Final
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By Amaechi Agbo
Enugu Rangers and Bendel Insurance will rekindle their rivalry when both teams clash in the final of the 2023 Federation Cup in what could be a repeat of their 1981 encounter, www.bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Rangers booked their place in the final after overcoming Plateau United 1-0 in their semi-final encounter on Thursday in Ijebu Ode.
Bendel Insurance needed the lottery of penalty shootout to beat Warri Wolves 4-2 to reach the final.
It would be the third time both teams are meeting in the Federation Cup finals after their 1978 and 1981 clashes.
With both teams claiming victory apiece, Insurance were champions in 1978 after triumphing 3-0 against Rangers, but the “Flying Antelopes” revenged three years later with a two-nil victory.
Bendel Insurance reached the final after recording unbeaten run in the abridged Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL.
The 2023 Federation Cup final will hold at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State.
The winner of the final will pick the second ticket to represent Nigeria at the 2024 CAF Confederation Cup