|Photo from a game at the Brown Ideye Challenge|
Village boys Awoba Stars came to the end of the road after they were beaten 3:0 by A&B Academy in a quarter final match at the Brown Ideye Challenge.
A brace from Ezekiel Oroh and a goal from Sampson Iroka put an end to the dreams of the boys from Bille to claim silverware in Port Harcourt.
Coach of Awoba Stars, Bruce Balafama speaking to the press at the end of the game put forward a host of reasons why his side was not able to win the match.
“I don’t know where to start from. The boys lost concentration and refused to play to instructions. We used to come together from the creeks but there was not enough money. We didn’t come together as one again, some of them came from Port Harcourt while some others came from home that was also one of the problems,” Balafama told Naijafootball247.com.
On his part Remi Onifade of A&B Academy informed the press that his side was able to beat the much fancied Awoba Stars because they did their homework on the team.
“Before the match we already had information that they were a more physical side. So coming into the match we had to strategize and we knew by getting more possession, we will deny them of the ball and that really paid off. Tactically we are a sounder team than they are,” Onifade said.
Garden City Academy of Sports also through
In the second quarterfinal game, it took penalties to separate Garden City Academy of Sports and Gold Kings Soccer Academy after both teams were tied one all at the end of regulation time.
Wohoruche Victor’s 73rd minute goal for Gold Kings Soccer Academy canceled out Pedro Dauphins earlier strike for Garden City Academy of Sports and matters remained level until the very end.
Garden City Academy eventually went on to secure the semi-final ticket after they triumphed 4:2 on penalties.
Garden City Academy Coach, Obi Mobility acknowledged it was indeed a difficult encounter but revealed he was always sure his side would emerge tops at the end of the day.
“First and foremost I give God the glory because without him we can do nothing. At the start of the game the tension was so high and both teams were playing ok. When we started missing lots of chances I still had the courage to tell them not to lose hope that we could still win the tie,” Mobility said.
Gold Kings Soccer Academy didn’t hide their disappointment at their failure to scale through and Coach Clarkson Agi said it was only natural for his side to feel disappointed.
“Every loser must be disappointed. At least my boys gave a good fight even if we failed to win the game. It’s a game of football anybody can win. Let’s hope that if it didn’t favor us today another day we’ll go back and come back in full force,” Agi said.
Tuesday will see the final two quarterfinal matches of this edition played when Garden City Panthers play MCW Jeff Soccer Academy by 1pm and Police Machine trades tackles with Academy Soccer SKE by 3pm.