Owner of NPFL side FC Ifeanyiubah has told SCORENigeria his team have not given up hope of playing international football next year through the league.
FC Ifeanyiubah are fifth on the standings with 50 points behind leaders, Plateau United (59pts), MFM (54 pts), Akwa United (51 pts) and Enyimba (51 pts) going into the final five games of the season.
Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah spoke to Scorenigeria.com.ng after ‘The Anambra Warriors’ edged past Nasarawa United 1-0 in a matchday 33 fixture Sunday at Nnewi.
“Yes, we still have the ambition to return to the continent”, Ubah said with a measure of supreme confidence.
“There are still five matches remaining on the fixtures and I believe we can still make it back to the continent.
“That is our ambition and we’re working hard toward realising it”.
The business mogul who took sports writers led by the SWAN national president, Honour Sirawoo, round his stadium complex, which now as a glittering electronic score board, Ubah named three premise on which their continental ambition is hinged.
“We have three away games in the remaining five matches of the season.
“We hope to win one of them, we are working towards that.
“Once we do that, then the coast is clear for our continental return.
“Then of course, you are aware that our Feeder Team, FC Ifeanyiubah Feeders, have qualified for the Federation Cup round of 64.
“We also have the senior team, FC Ifeanyiubah, also in the round of 64 Federation Cup.
“Who knows, either of them can still make it to the Federation Cup final triumph which is a ticket for us to return to the African continent next year.”
FC Ifeanyiubah are the Federation Cup holders.
They were eliminated by Al-Masry of Egypt in the first round of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate.
By Sab Osuji