ABUJA – The Federal Road Safety Commission Football Club was on Sunday in Abuja crowned the champions of the 2014 FCT Federation Cup after defeating FC Abuja 1-0.
The tourney, which is in its 32nd edition, featured 28 teams, and kicked off on April 16.
Alhaji Bala Mohammed, the Minister of the FCT, was represented at the final by Alim Musa, the Director, FCT Sports Council, and the Chairman, FCT Football Association, Musa Talle.
Dignitaries at the final match included Mrs Dilichukwu Onyedinma, the Chairperson, Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) and Ahmad Kawu, the Chairman of the Nigeria Nation-Wide League (NNWL).
The others were Godwin Bamigboye, the Chairman of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA), FCT Chapter, and Moroof Oluwa, Secretary-General, Nigeria Referees Association (NRA).
The match, which was played at the Old Parade Ground Sports Complex, saw Shammah Tanze scoring the only goal in the 57th minute.
The final match between the Nigeria National League (NNL) side, FRSC FC and Nigeria Nation-Wide League (NNWL) team, FC Abuja lived up to its billing as both teams gave a good account of themselves.
FC Abujagiant killers for knocking out some `big teams’ in the Nigeria National League (NNL) along the way to the final, began the game on a bright note.
They attacked their NNL opponents from all sides, and could have taken an early lead after ten minutes, but FC Abuja’s skipper, Emmanuel Icha’s effort was thwarted by goalkeeper, Cyril Nwonye.
FRSC FC also had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the 25th minute, when they were awarded a free kick for a foul just outside their opponent’s box.
However, Olayinka Yusuf, saw his shot unfortunately crashing against FC Abuja’s post.
In the second half, both teams also had scoring chances of their own but could not take them.
However, Tanze of FRSC FC, broke the dead-lock in the 57th minute when he benefited from a goal-mouth scramble, after a defensive error from Abdulkareem Abubakar, to slot home the decisive goal.
FRSC FC was presented with the winner’s trophy by the representative of the FCT Minister, Alim Musa, while FC Abuja received theup medals.
Awards and certificates were also presented to the top four teams of the tournament, with Sammy Timothy, carting away the sum of N15, 000 as the tourney’s highest goal scorer.
The winners and runners-up will represent the FCT at the national edition of the Federation Cup on a date yet-to-be confirmed. (NAN)