Rangers International of Enugu have been considered favorites to win the FA Cup final against Bendel Insurance after the Benin Arsenal put out a disappointing performance in Super Six playoffs.
To provide some context, Rangers have appeared in 12 FA Cup finals, winning on 6 occasions, while Insurance have only managed to secure victory 3 times.
What makes this match intriguing is that these two teams have previously met twice in the FA Cup final, resulting in a draw. Insurance emerged victorious in 1978, but Rangers got their revenge in 1981.
This encounter carries significant importance as the winner will secure the CAF Confederation Cup ticket and a substantial monetary reward for progressing to the group stage. This has ignited immense enthusiasm in both teams.
Insurance will be eager to make amends for their failure to clinch the NPFL Super Six title in Lagos, particularly due to their inability to secure a continental ticket.
On the other hand, Rangers will be motivated to win the cup and compensate for their disappointing performance in the abridged league season, narrowly escaping relegation by just two points above Wikki Tourists.
On paper, Rangers may have the upper hand as their players have had ample rest, unlike Insurance, who displayed a spirited fight in the recently concluded Super Six championship last weekend.
In terms of my prediction, the city of Ikemba may once again rejoice in a triumphant moment with the coveted trophy.