|Go Round United FC's captain, Nyime Nwangwa|
Omoku based Go Round United Football Club will return to the Nigeria Federation Cup on Monday after boycotting the competition for two seasons.
Go Round will start their campaign in the Rivers State FA Cup on Monday, March 28, 2016 with a game against SKE FC.
The last time Go Round United FC played in the Rivers FA Cup was in 2013 when the team felt hard done by the organisers of the competition during a semifinal game against Sharks FC.
General Manager of Go Round FC, Soni Uboh says he believes the club will do enough this season to qualify for the Federation Cup through the Rivers FA Cup.
“We are ready for the season. Though our league has not kicked off yet, we are ready for the new season,” Uboh said.
“Because only five clubs registered for the Rivers State FA Cup, we are aware that Rivers United have already been drawn bye to the final while the rest of us eliminate each other until we get the next finalist.
“We believe it will be Go Round United FC playing against Rivers United in the final,” Uboh said.
The last time Go Round United FC played in the Rivers State FA Cup was on May 1, 2013 against Sharks in the semifinal.
Go Round FC, then in the Amatuer league were leading 2-1 against Sharks with just two minutes left to play when the game was abandoned in bizarre circumstances as a fan (presumed to have been working for Sharks) invaded the pitch, physically assaulted a Sharks player by hitting and knocking him down to the turf before leaving the pitch with the match ball and the Assistant Referee’s flag.
The fan was not perturbed by the security personnel at the stadium who looked on as he embarrassed other football fans at the stadium with his shameful acts.
Sources at the stadium allege that the Sharks captain, Odinga Odinga was seen talking to someone through the perimeter fencing at about the 80th minute and soon after the shameful incident occurred.
The match officials then refused to continue because they were scared there was no security and the game was stopped.
Soni Uboh, the General Manager of the club at the time alleged that the perennial plot to allow only Sharks and Dolphins represent Rivers State in the FA Cup here in Nigeria is responsible for the treatment meted out to his team at the Liberation Stadium.
“Remember this has happened before in 2009 when CKC FC where about to take the game against Sharks to penalties and they did the same thing.
“Go Round United FC also suffered the same fate against Dolphins the same season when fans disrupted a game we were winning,” Uboh said.
“We watch the European Leagues and see small clubs go all the way in the FA Cup and League Cup and that is the beauty of the Cups.”
“How can we replay a game from the start that we were leading, but was disrupted with only two minutes to play? Uboh asked.
The Rivers State FA in a shameful decision resolved that the match be replayed from start at 0-0, a decision that did not go down well with Go Round who felt the game should have been awarded to them.
“Go Round will never take part in any Rivers State FA organized competition since it is obvious that there is a grand plan from the state FA to ensure only Sharks and Dolphins play the final.”
However, tempers are down now and Monday afternoon will see Go Round FC return to Nigeria’s oldest football competition.