Lobi Stars midfielder Eche Idakwo has told supersport.com that he is looking forward to winning his first silverware when they face Akwa United in the Federation Cup in September.
Idakwo explained that claiming a silverware in his fledgling career will further give him the impetus to continue his development as a footballer after being plucked from non-league side Ekabonko Stars in 2014.
“This is like a dream coming true for me,” began the Lobi Stars midfielder. “It was like yesterday when I was still playing in the streets with a team that was hardly known but based in Ikom (a town more than 200 kilometres from Makurdi, where Lobi played their home games currently in Nigeria’s top division). Now here I am in the (Glo) Premier League and at the same time set to play in the final of the Federation Cup.
“I feel so blessed with this achievement in so short a time of playing at the very top in the country, and as a player I cannot ask for a better outcome in my career. All I am hoping for now is to win the Federation Cup with Lobi Stars.”
Idakwo acknowledged that though he remains very happy to have netted the winning goal in the semifinal against Enugu Rangers, he admitted that it was a difficult contest against the Enugu club.
He said Rangers were resilient despite the fact that they played with nine men at some point in the game after they had two of their players sent off.
“I am still very happy with scoring that goal that got us into the final of the Federation Cup. I also have my teammates and coaches to thank for it because they believe in me and without them that could not have been possible. But to be honest it was such a difficult game because Rangers made life tough for us. Even when they were playing with nine men, it was difficult and that shows they are a very good team,” he told supersport.com.
“But I am happy that we were able to beat them and reach the final as it would have been very painful if we missed out of such a big occasion.”
The 21-year-old defensive midfielder knows that the Cup final against Glo Premier League rivals Akwa United will not be a stroll in the park.
He stated that Akwa United have a good team having watched them lose by a goal to Lobi Stars at their Aper Aku Stadium in mid-July through Anthony Okpotu’s goal.
“I didn’t play that match (against Akwa United) but I saw that they area good team and for them to reach the final means they will be difficult to play against,” he said.
Idakwo’s season was blighted by an injury at the start of the campaign but he has scored twice in 20 appearances for Lobi Stars in all competitions this term.