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Giwa FC crash out of Federation Cup

14 May 2015, 12:00

Lagos - Giwa Football Club have become one of the first big casualties of the 2015 Federation Cup after being bundled out by greenhorns Kukuruku Football Club 5-4 on penalties at the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna, Supersport reports.

The Jos-based side, who are in second place on the Glo Premier League, were edge out by the unheralded side after the game ended 2-2 in regulation time.

Giwa FC had much of the possession in the first half but Kukuruku's counter-attacking game worked to devastating effect as the Edo state team raced into a two-goal lead in the first half.

Cosmas Ibereumu, who shone like a million stars in the game, put Kukuruku ahead in the sixth minute with a beautiful free kick to stun their more illustrious opponents with their first meaningful chance.

Giwa FC did not relent and kept on attacking the Kukuruku box with Charles Henlong and Amos Gyang testing goalkeeper Abdulmalik Abdulrahman but they could not convert their chances.

Also read: Enyimba draw excites Giwa FC coach

The lively Ibereumu got his brace to put Kukuruku 2-0 up as the first half came to a close after a mistake by Nojeem Raji in the Giwa FC's defence.

Giwa FC coach Tony Bolus responded by throwing on Saleh Mohammed, Ibrahim Akide and Edoh Ocheme at the start of the second half and it paid dividends as Charles Okoro gave Giwa FC a lifeline in the 50th minute to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

Substitute Ocheme made it 2-2 in the 57th minute as Giwa FC tried to make it a complete comeback but were thwarted by the Kazeem Suleiman-led Kukuruku defence.

Akide was shown a straight red cared for an elbow on Aigbokhaode George as Giwa FC finished the game with ten men.

Ocheme was the villain for Giwa FC as he lost his kick which gave David Austin the chance to win the game for Kukuruku and the midfielder sent Onuminya Sunday the wrong way to send Kukuruku into the round of 32.


Giwa FC Line-up: Onuminya Sunday, Mbai Aminu, Lawal El-Shittu, Sarumi Mubarak, Raji Nojeem, Ambrose Jimmy, Gyang Amos, Ojebisi Adewale, Okoro Charles, Henlong Charles, Shuainu Ibrahim

Kukuruku Dragons FC: Abdulmalik Abdulrahman, Kabiru Shuaibu, Kazeem Suleiman, Abudu Musa, Ehis Unuabhona, Oshoke Aminu, Cosmas Ibereumu, Austin Imevboreh, Daniel Madujemu, David Austin, Aigbokhaode George

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- SuperSport


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