Nasarawa United marched into the quarterfinal of the 2013 Federation Cup after a 1-0 victory over Sunshine stars on Wednesday at the Confluence stadium, Lokoja.
Heroic Malarchy Ilo scored in the 40th minutes to ensure the Lafia boys earn the vital-win over their Akure topflight opponents, Sunshine Stars to complete a double.
Sunshine stars missed catalogue of chances in the first half with three begging goals from Shedrack Francis and Adeniyi Alaba failing to find the back of the net.
The coming-in of Super Eagles invitee Paul Onobi failed to rescue the team from crash against the Lafia boys as he several efforts was comfortably contacted by former Flying Eagles goalkeeper, Dami Paul.
Sunshine Stars who played out their heart in bid for quarter-final ticket but Nasawara United showed in plenty of quality and ambition in most periods of the game keeping possessions and defending brilliant.
Sunshine stars collapsed on their second Federation Cup encounter with Nasarawa United before promotion from second tier in two-year at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja where they lost 3-0.
Speaking over victory, Nasarawa United winning scorer, Malarchy Ilo said he and his teammates was not surprises as they will always do it against Sunshine stars.
Ilo revealed that the team will sustain the determination and continue playing as a unit to reach the finals.
“I’m happy we did it again – we were not surprise because we were the better team and will defeat them any time – we will continue to do our best to get to the final,” noted the delighted forward.
Meanwhile, Abe Sunday who captained Sunshine stars out while expressing his disappointment as a result of the Federation Cup exit, admitted the Lafia boys’ did well and were the better team.
“We are really devastated by the defeat – we tried our best but was obviously not good enough – we will have to go back to the drawing board to correcting our wrongs,” the stand-in captain noted.