The 2023 Edo State Federation Cup Competition kicked off in Benin today,March 7,2023 as Etete FC beat Osemwengie FC 4-1in a dramatic shootout after 1-1 draw in regulations time to set up second round tie with defending champions Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin.
The defending champions Bendel Insurance FC will begin the defense of the 2022 title on Thursday against little known Etete FC at the Western Boys Mini stadium. Kick off time is 9:00 AM.In the other matches also decided today at the Western Boys, Delight Fc triumphed over Benin Worriors 2-1 just as Royal Force pipped Stars city by a lone Goal to progress to the second round. In the last game of the day, Adia Sports FC progressed to the second round at the expense of Meggap FC of Auchi after 4-2 penalty shootout which followed a goalless draw at the Western Boys Mini stadium.
The winners of the first round fixtures are paired against those on bye,most of whom are regular clubs in the competition and the 2022 finalists,Insurance FC and Insurance Feeders in the second round scheduled to hold on Thursday,March 9,2023.
A total of twenty-six clubs registered for the football competition in Edo state.
Edo Queens and Fortress Ladies are the only two female clubs who will be playing their one match of the competition in a later date.
The draws for the football competition held at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium friday where Wednesday,March 8 was initially picked as Kick off date but Inter-house sports engagement scheduled to hold on Friday at the Western Boys Mini stadium on Friday forced the FA cup competition to commence earlier.
Meanwhile, the FA cup actions continue tomorrow at the second venue School of Health Field whereFuture Stars and West Gate FC are expected to lock horns by 9:00 AM.