The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation has confirmed Saturday, 27 February, 2016 for the inaugural edition of the CMB-sponsored Super Cup.
The match is scheduled to take place at the main bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos by 2:30pm as the oldest team in Nigeria, Kaduna RFC take on the undefeated Lagos side, Cowrie RFC.
The CMB building and investment company-sponsored Super Cup is a curtain raiser for the 2016 South West and Northern Leagues in Nigeria which will pitch the 2 team against each other for the first time.
Speaking ahead of the match, Head coach of Cowrie RFC, Ofoha Joseph disclosed that his players are in good shape following weeks of intensive training.
The confident Ofoha told the federation’s media department that the absence of his strong ball carriers Isaac Kato, Mathias Chijioke, Alaeto Obinna and its wing sensation, Christian Innocent Ogar who recently completed a move to Belhar RFC of South Africa, will not in any way affect the team’s performance on Saturday.
“We saw this coming and we have a plan B. Although, their absence will be felt, but I am confident that players such as Samuel Ekpo, a Nigerian international, Michael Oloche and Olisa Nwokedi will step up and fill the vacuum conveniently.”
“We also have stars such as Oduntan Olatunji, Onoru Jatto, National Team captain, Azeez Ladipo, and Hafis Ayinla who recently completed his suspension following his altercation with match officials at the 2015 President’s cup final.
Meanwhile, 2015 Northern Union League runner up, Kaduna RFC replaced Barewa RFC after being stripped of their title.
The team will bank on the experience of Captain Ibrahim Musa, Ogbole Felix Gabriel in their quest to win the 1st edition of the playoff.
Speaking ahead of the all-important encounter, head coach of the side, Richard Raphael said, “Cowrie are a tough side who have lots of good players and a lot of experienced players.
“We have to switch on and get our details right. We will show Cowrie what the northern power is all about on Saturday. I believe my team has what it takes to win.”
In line with the federation’s plan to promote schools Rugby through the Get Into Rugy program, there will be a curtain raiser; the school boys Rugby 7s games from 1pm on Saturday before the main clash.