Ex- Jasper United Dents Former Udoji United Coach, Onwuhai’s Resurrection In Neros/Anambra FA Cup Opener

May 24 18:13 2022

Coach Emmanuel Azubuike, a defunct Jasper United FC, Onitsha forward, was a proud man Tuesday after his charges, Dosad FC, dented Coach Martins Onwuhai’s dream big return to Nigeria clubside football after decades of absence following sojourn in Europe, Exclusivenews.com reports.

Emmanuel, who is called ‘Zubby’ by his admirers, was all smiles as his side, Dosad FC, edged Coach Martins Onwuhai’s Ozalla FC 2-0 in one of the opening matches of the 2022 Neros/Anambra FA Cup fixtures decided at the balding Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium, Onitsha.

Two goals on either half of the thrilling clash by Christopher Odinaka and John Okeke respectively, saw Dosad FC, owned by a Catholic clergy, Rev. Father Obinna Dike progress to the quarter finals of the 16th edition of the State Cup.

Onwuhai had just returned to the country after coaching spells in Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Gambia, Cape Verde and Mali.

The 1997 Nigeria top League title winner with defunct Udoji United had hoped to resuscitate his coaching career on the domestic scene with Ozalla FC using the Neros/Anambra FA Cup as spring board.

But that lofty dream was dealt a painful blow as Coach Emmanuel Azubuike ‘Zubby’ and his wards stoically screwd their heads onto their necks, made sure Onwuhai’s first game on return ended in ruins.

“I’m said we lost this game. It’s painful and difficult to take”, Onwuhai ruled when Exclusivenews.com cornered him after the final whistle.

But his conqueror, Emmanuel Azubuike, was in a pleasant mood, saying he was happy to have crossed the first hurddle towards achieving his target of reaching the cup final.

“This is more of a new team that I’m building. Most of our key players were down and out with various degrees of injuries whilst others went for greener pastures”, starts an obviously pleasant Coach Zubby.

“It’s important to win your opening game. It gives confidence, courage and hope going into the next game”.

Dosad will slug it out with Peace FC in the quarter finals but Coach Zubby is not entertaining any worries.

“Something in me told me we would go far in the tournament.

“That was why I told the Proprietor, Rev. Fr Obinna Dike to register for the FA Cup.

“These boys you saw today have the potential to go far in this tournament. You saw the way we played.

“From the onset, my target is playing in the final so I’m not losing any sleep about who is going to be our quarter final or semi final opponent”, he stressed.

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