Abuja - Bayelsa United FC and Nembe City FC on Sunday in Abuja secured places in the final of the 2011/2012 Nigeria National League (NNL) Super Four Championship.
In the two semi-final matches played at the FIFA Goal Project of the National Stadium, both teams defeated their respective opponents 2-1 to qualify for Tuesday's final match.
Playing in the first match, Bayelsa United of Yenagoa defeated Nasarawa United of Lafia 2-1, through goals from Felix Nwagwu in the 71st and 73rd minutes.
Lawal Adamu scored Nasarawa United’s only goal through a penalty kick in the game's 87th minute.
Speaking at the end of the match, Bayelsa United's coach, Teibowei Diepriye, attributed their victory to better tactics and superior skills, saying he looked forward to helping his team win the tournament.
Nasarawa United’s coach, Adams Usman, on his part, said lack of experience stopped his team from getting a place in the final.
In the second match, Audu Abraham’s 30th minute goal for El-Kanemi Warriors proved not to be enough for the Maiduguri-based side.
Uche Ihuarulam drew Nembe City FC level 20 minutes later, and the Yenagoa-based side went on to seal their victory when Duku Dominic converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute.
Nembe City FC's Technical Director, Meinkeme Fekete, said his team was the lucky side to have won the match.
"In football, a team can play well and lose or win. Likewise, a team can play badly and win or lose.
"One just have to take the scores as they come, because there has to be a winner, and we thank God that we are the lucky side to have won,’’ he said.
Coach of El-Kanemi Warriors, Munir Abdulazeez, however said his side was robbed and that his team did not deserve to lose the game.
"Everyone saw it that we were robbed. I am not the type that will shift blame on anybody, but it was clear from how the game went that we were robbed.
"We lost the game and everyone saw how we lost. So, we are taking the defeat in good faith even though I wasn’t expecting my team to lose the match," he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the final match between Bayelsa United FC and Nembe City FC will be played on Tuesday at the same venue.
The match will be preceded by the third-place match between Nasarawa United and El-Kanemi Warriors at 2 p.m.
The Super Four Championship is for the winners of the NNL’s four groups in the 2011/2012 season which ended in July.
El-Kanemi Warriors won the league’s Group A while Nasarawa United won Group B, with Nembe City FC winning Group C and Bayelsa United FC winning Group D.