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Lobi knocks out Flash Flamingoes

27 June 2012, 07:35

 Abuja - Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi on Tuesday in Abuja knocked out Flash Flamingoes of Gombe from the Round of 64 matches of the 2012 Federation Cup.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lobi Stars, a Nigeria Premier League (NPL) team, beat the Gombe amateur side 4-1.

John Abutu opened scoring for the Makurdi boys in the third minute through a penalty while Sarki Audu had a brace in the 33rd and 54th minute of the one sided match.

Anthony Okputu had earlier scored in the 38th minute for Lobi, while the Flamingoes’ only goal was scored in the 76th minute by Aminu Saadu.   

Dominic Iorfa, Lobi Stars’ Technical Director, after the game, said he was glad his team won the match, adding it was one of their best games.

Iorfa said: "You cannot predict what will happen in football tomorrow, but at the end of the day, we are playing well and you take each game as it comes."

Chairman of Flash Flamingos, Abubakar Maina said although his team lost the game it would use the experience to improve on its performance.

"It is over, the game is won and lost and that’s normal.

"We are playing in Nigeria Nation Wide League Division 1 and Lobi Stars are playing in the Premier league.

"This is challenge cup; we lost but we wish the winners the best. They are a more experienced side."

NAN reports that Heartland FC of Owerri is the defending champion of the Federation Cup hitherto known as the challenge cup before it was renamed in 2009.


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