Plateau United will play Rangers in one of the two 2023 Federation Cup semi final matches on Wednesday, May 31.
Plateau United's head coach Fidelis Ilechukwu has vowed that his side would end the run of Rangers when they meet in the semifinals of the 2023 Federation Cup.
Following their respective quarterfinal victories over Kwara United and Doma United, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) sides were paired for a meeting at the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode.
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Rangers and Plateau United will meet in the semifinal of the competition, with the winner, facing either Bendel Insurance or Warri Wolves in the 2023 final.
Ilechukwu confident Plateau United can edge Rangers
Speaking ahead of their encounter on Wednesday, Ilechukwu boasted that his team would approach their semi-final match against Rangers like a Cup final.
“We play Rangers next in the semi-final and of course, they are a team we know very well. We have no choice but to beat them to ensure qualification to the cup final," Ilechukwu said on Monday.
“I must confess that they are a very formidable side and it will therefore not be an easy game for us as we look forward to this very important encounter.
“I think we have a few things to address in the team, especially in the midfield as we prepare for the semi-final. So, we will ensure we go back to the drawing board and work very hard on all our lapses ahead of the crucial encounter,” he added.
Plateau United seeking first cup title since 1999
The winner of their tie will then proceed to the 2023 final to face either three-time champions Bendel Insurance, or 2013 runners-up Warri Wolves.
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The 2023 edition will feature three former champions and the runners-up of the 2013 Federation Cup.
Champions of the 2023 edition of Nigeria's Federation Cup will represent Nigeria at the 2023/24 edition of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Jos-based side won their first and only Federation Cup in 1999 and will bank on making 2023 their second.
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Rangers since the start of the 2023 season, have suffered a torrid time under Maikaba, and only recently escaped relegation with a game to go.
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The record women's cup winners will now face defending champions Bayelsa United in the 2023 final.
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The Nigerian giants would be hoping to get a consecutive cup title having won the last edition of the women's cup in 2021.