Enyimba are through to their second successive Federation Cup final following a 1-0 win over Giwa FC at the MKO International Stadium Abeokuta on Thursday.
The ‘Peoples Elephants’s’ 25-year-old Cameroonian export Raphael Boumsong broke the deadlock in the second-half after both sides had went into the interval searching for an opener.
Coach Khadiri Ikhana’s men will now progress to their fifth Cup final in six years, where they will face four-time winners Dolphins of Port-Harcourt.
An Ebube Okpokwu match-winner helped Dolphins beat Prime FC- the only representative from the Nigeria lower league- at the Fifa Goal Project in Abuja.
Both losing semi-finalists were reduced to ten men in the second-half, with Ifeanyi Anaemena of Giwa getting his marching order for a dangerous tackle on Enyimba’s substitute Chinonso Okonkwo, while Prime’s Abdullah Fatai was also red-carded.
Enyimba defeated Warri Wolves last year to claim their first Cup title in their fourth asking.
The winners of this year’s tournament are assured of a place in next season’s Caf Confederations Cup.
The final of the 2014 FA Cup comes up at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Saturday, August 16.