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Defence Strikers eliminate Talented Stars

11 April 2013, 09:30

Abuja - The FCT FA Federation Cup competition continued on Wednesday with Defence Strikers FC edging out Talented Stars Football Academy 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The match, played at the Old Parade Ground Sports Complex, Area 10, Garki, saw Godwin Simple’s opener for Talented Stars Football Academy in the 63rd minute.

Defence Strikers FC, however, got the equaliser through Victor Marcus in the 85th  minute, thereby pushing the encounter into sudden death rule.

Coach of Defence Strikers FC, Tanko Sani, expressed relief after the game and told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the pressure was high and his team was lucky to win.

"We had to come from a goal down late in the second half and that wasn’t an easy feat.

"It showed the character and confidence of my boys and we thank God for the victory," he said.

Sani, however, gave the assurance that his team would go back to the drawing board and tie all loose ends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Isah Isah Mohammed, the team's goalkeeper, expressed joy over the victory and attributed it to his ``decisive decision making’’.

"As a goalkeeper, I had to make a quick decision to choose a direction where I thought the ball was heading to and I guessed right when it mattered most.

"I am grateful to God for using me to help my team at that crucial moment," he said.

In his reaction, John Benjamin, the Head Coach of Talented Stars Football Academy said: "it was a good game and my boys tried very hard to win.

"But, penalty we all know is a game of luck and luck wasn’t on our side today," he said.

Meanwhile, in other FCT FA Federation Cup matches played on Wednesday, Waco FC defeated Beautiful Tours 2-1while Zuma Rocks thrashed Kurudu FC 4-1.

Also NIMC FC won Super Stars 1-0 and Byahzin FC beat FCT United 2-1.

NAN reports that 40 clubs are featuring in the month-long competition.



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