By Agene AKHERE,Benin
Mixed reactions on Monday greeted the 2014 Edo State Federation Cup draws, which took place inside the state FA boardroom.
Some clubs alleged that the result of the draw was a grand design to favour certain clubs perceived to be the big ones.
The insinuation was, however, quickly debunked by Edo FA Secretary Victor Edokpayi.
Edokpayi noted that the essence of the draw in the presence of the club owners was to ensure transparency.
“We decided to invite the whole world today to witness the Edo State Federation Cup draws.
“We don’t want somebody to say that it was not fair hence we invited them and even the media so that when any issues crop up, the media will be there to defend that the draw was a fair one,” he stated.
The FA secretary promised that this year’s final would be hitch free.
The chairman of the draw, Prince Duze, promised that this year’s competition would live up to its billings even though last year’s final ended badly.
He admonished clubs who have defaulted in accumulated cautions during matches to pay up their various fines before the commencement of the state’s Federation Cup.
Duze charged the clubs to abide by the rules.
“Let me start by saying that we all know what happened last year and as such we have put everything in place to ensure a hitch free competition.
“We also plead with the various clubs to abide with the rules of the game so that we don’t not bring the beautiful game to disrepute.
“For those clubs who are yet to pay their fines from accumulated cards should as a matter of urgency pay up.”
Speaking on the draws, the coach and proprietor of BJ foundations Douglas Idaho, said he was satisfied with the draws and that he was looking forward to playing in this year final.
The competition is billed to kick off from 7th of April and run till 3rd May, 2014. All matches will be played inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
A total of 16 clubs, including the defending champion, Dynamite Force, and Bendel Insurance would be participating in the cup.