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Unity U-20 Tournament: Abuja, Sokoto teams book final spots

29 September 2013, 07:57

Abuja - Abuja Football College and Sokoto Football Academy on Saturday booked final berths in the ongoing Under-20 Unity Football Competition in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that an NGO, the Nigeria Youth Movement for Peace Empowerment and Transformation (NYMPET), is organising the football competition for youths across the country.

In the semi-final matches played on the practice pitch of the Abuja National Stadium, Abuja Football College thrashed Amakson Academy of Abuja 3-0, while Kwara Football Academy lost 0-1 to Sokoto Football Academy.

In the first semi-final encounter between Sokoto Football Academy and Kwara Football Academy, Aminu Garba scored the only goal for Sokoto Football Academy in the 18th minute to book a spot for his team in the final of the competition.

The other semi-final derby between Abuja Football College and Amakson Academy of Abuja saw Etim Emmanuel scoring a brace for Abuja Football College in the 12th and 21st minutes respectively.

Dennis Bona added the third goal in the 69th minute in a one-sided encounter to confirm the place of Abuja Football College in the final of the competition.

Coach Ahmed Ahmed of Abuja Football College, who spoke to NAN after the match, expressed joy at the team's victory, adding that he was confident that his squad would win the cup.

"I am very delighted at the performance of my boys today. They played according to instructions and that was the rationale behind our victory.

"Our opponents are not new to us because we have met on several occasions; they are a good side. So, we knew what we had to do to win the game,'' he said.

Ahmed noted that his team was ready psychologically and did not lose concentration right from the beginning till the end of the game.

"The two early goals we got I think knocked the wind out of our opponent’s sail and that helped us to settle very well into the game,’’ he said.

In his reaction, Coach Tony Adibe of Amakson Academy, Abuja, told NAN that his team lost the match due to the injuries which some of his key players had sustained.

"This is how it goes sometimes in football; you cannot win all the time. My team had an off-day today, which cost us the match.

"I must admit that my team lost to a good side; the better team won anyway,’’ he said.

Adibe said that he believed that Abuja Football College would go all the way to win the cup.

"With what they played today and the previous matches I have watched them play, there is a good chance that they will lift the trophy,’’ he said.

NAN reports that Amakson Football Academy will now face Kwara Football Academy in the third place match, while Abuja Football College will trade tackles with Sokoto Football Academy in the final of the competition.

Both the third place and final matches will be played on Tuesday 1 October.

The winner of the competition will receive N1 million, while the runners-up will receive N800 000 and the third-place winners, N500 000.

Other prizes to be won include awards for the highest goal scorer, the best player, the best goalkeeper and the most disciplined team of the competition.

NAN also reports that the competition, which is its first edition, started at the training pitch of the Abuja National Stadium on 23 September and will end on 1 October.


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