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25.04.2004 Football News

Nigerian boys maintain supremacy over Ghana

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Nigeria's male Academical side, last Saturday at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, maintained its supremacy over Ghana in the finals of the First West Africa Academicals Championship.

After a goalless encounter, the match was eventually decided on penalties, with the Nigerians winning 5-3.

The duo of Abeeku Quansah and substitute Umar Abdul-Rabi failed to convert their penalties, on match day.

Both sides had earlier entertained the crowd with good football skills, given a indication of the presence of another generation of skillful players in Nigeria and Ghana.

Ghana failed to utilize her numerical advantage over Nigeria following the dismissal of Nigeria's Oludiran Olusegun in the second half.

In spite of his dismissal, the Nigerians tried their best to contain the Ghanaians. Nigerian goalkeeper, Abiloye Abioye had a busy day preventing the Ghanaians from hitting the back of his net.

When asked to react to his team's loss, Ghanaian coach, John Eshum replied: "It's one of those things. They have done well. Sometimes it happens like this. Football is all about chances."

In spite of the loss, the contribution of Ghana's duo of Idris Abdul-Nafiu and Mahadi Abubakar were recognised as they won individual awards.

While Idris was named the best attacker, Abubakar was named the best midfielder by organisers of the championship.

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