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Prisons FC, FRSC Strikers book ticket to finals

06 December 2013, 12:51

Abuja - The defending champions, Prisons Football Club and FRSC Strikers, on Thursday in Abuja booked a place in the finals of ongoing 2013 FCT pre-season tournament.

The two clubs made it after each secured a win in the semi-final matches played at the Area 3 Sports Complex.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that four Nigeria National League Clubs on Wednesday qualified for the semi-final of the tournament.

In the first match of the semi-final round, TEAP FC and FRSC Strikers played out a 1-1 draw at the end of a gruelling 90 minute encounter.

Chibuike Chimezie opened scoring for TEAP FC in the 15th minute, but an own goal from the player turned the hero to a villain in the 87th minute of play.

The match went into penalty shoot-out afterwards with FRSC Strikers defeating TEAP FC 4-2.

In the second match, Prisons FC also edged out Supreme Court FC 3-2 on penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw at the end of the full 90 minute game.

Suleiman Yusuf, the substitute goalkeeper for Prisons FC stood out as the man of the match after making three good saves for his team.

Yusuf told NAN after the match that he wanted to win the game to make his team proud.

"I entered the field of play about 2 minutes to the end of the game because the coach saw that the game was going to be decided by penalty shoot-out.

"He has confidence in my ability when it comes to penalty shoot-out and I was not ready to disappoint him and the team," he said.

Yusuf explained that he was a new member of the squad and had a point to prove because he wanted to win a place in the starting line-up of the team.

"This will be my first season with this team; I was recruited from Nasarawa Utd’s feeder team and so I need to establish myself in this team," he said.

Coach Zibiri Brown of Prisons FC expressed confidence in the ability of his team to win the tournament.

He said that the tournament was his team’s birth right, adding, "we are not ready to relinquish it to anyone yet."

Coach Joachim Osuji of Supreme Court FC congratulated the winning team noting that the game was a very tough and interesting one.

"My boys did their best, but we lost a lot of scoring opportunities which counted against us at the end of the day.

"Penalty shoot-out is normally anybody’s game and we were unfortunate to be on the losing side today," he said.

Osuji however noted that the purpose of the tournament was to test his squad ahead of the new season.

"We have realised the flaws of the team through this tournament and we will make sure we correct them.

"We desperately need to add more prolific strikers to our squad before the start of the new season and I can assure you that we are working on it."

NAN reports that Supreme FC will be taking on TEAP FC in the third place match, while Prisons FC will lock horns with FRSC Strikers in the final of the tournament on Saturday, December 7.


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