A&B Academy and Garden City Panthers have emerged as finalist of the first edition of the Brown Ideye Challenge.
A & B Academy beat Academy Sports SKE 4-2 via penalty Shooutouts after full time ended 2-2.
A & B went two goals up early in the second half but SKE drew level just before full time.
Coach of A&B Academy Remi Onifade aka school boy speaking to BIC Media after the game said that lack of concentration could have hindered their progress to the final but was generally pleased with the penalty shoot-out win which got his team the final ticket.
“It’s a good thing we are through to the final. At least all our efforts have not gone in vain. Lack of concentration could have hindered our progress but it’s a good thing we eventually made it through,” Onifade said.
On his part CEO of SKE Academy Kingsley Olisa despite not getting to the final still believe his team can consolidate with a third place finish.
“I am heartbroken that we failed to qualify but I will take consolation in the fact that we have the 3rd place match to fight for,” Olisa said.
In the second semi-final of the day, ten man Garden City Panthers came from behind to beat Garden City Academy of Sports 2-1 to secure passage to the final.
Speaking after the game, coach of the losing side Obi Mobility accepted the result of the match despite him wanting to be in the final.
“What can we do? We came this far and thought we could go all the way. There is still the 3rd place match,” Mobility said.
Coach of Panthers Prince Larry Etele is already looking forward to final which he has already expressed his optimism of winning.
“It’s a Cup final. We hope to win. We cant come this far and go home empty handed,” Etele said.
The Final between A&B Academy and Garden City Panthers of the Brown Ideye Challange will take centre stage at the man bowl of the University of Port Harcourt, Abuja by 3 pm while the third place match will kick off at 1pm.