Abuja - Abuja Football College on Tuesday in Abuja emerged winners of the first edition of the Under-20 Unity Football Competition for the country’s six geo-political zones tagged "FCT 2013."
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Nigeria Youth Movement for Peace Empowerment and Transformation (NYMPET), organised the competition for youths across the country.
Eight teams took part in the competitio, including the Kwara Football Academy (North Central) and Yarma Light Football Academy of Gombe (North East).
The rest are Sokoto Football Academy (North West), Greater Tomorrow of Akwa-Ibom (South-South), Enugu Rangers Junior Team (South-East) and Pepsi Football Academy of Lagos (South-West).
Also, Amakson Soccer Academy and Abuja Football College represented the FCT in the competition.
In the final match played at the practice pitch of the Abuja National Stadium, Abuja Football College thrashed Sokoto Football Academy 4-1 to emerge winners of the competition.
Jibril Abubakar opened scores for the winners in the 5th minute, while Orji Okonkwo and Fred Omorege scored their second and third goals in the 26th and 38th minutes respectively.
However, Hajo Ilah got a consolation for Sokoto Football Academy in the 68th minute, before Etim Emmanuel added the winners’ fourth goal from the penalty spot in the 78th minute.
Coach Ahmed Ahmed of Abuja Football College, told NAN after the match, expressed joy at the team's victory, adding that he was not surprised that his team won the competition.
"We approached each game differently, right from the beginning of the competition to the final.
"Our opponents in the final were not new to us because we had met them earlier in the preliminary round, where we played out a 2-2 draw.
"So, we went back to the drawing board and worked on our mistakes. We also analysed their weak points as well and simply capitalised on them," he said.
Earlier in the day at the same venue, Amakson Soccer Academy of Abuja had won the third-place match by beating Kwara Football Academy 2-0.
At the end of the competition, Philip Ikeocha of Abuja Football College was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Emmanuel Etim, also of Abuja Football College, won the highest goalscorer award with five goals.
Also, Barnabas Ogundare of Kwara Football Academy won the best goalkeeper award, while, the most disciplined team of the competition award went to Pepsi Football Academy of Lagos.
The winners of the competition received N1 million, while the runners-up smiled home with N800,000 and the third-place winners pocketed N500 000.
NAN also reports that the competition, which is its first edition, started at the training pitch of the Abuja National Stadium on September 23.