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Kebbi BSC outclass Abuja BSC to win maiden Abuja Beach Soccer Tournament

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Kebbi Beach Soccer Club on Sunday in Abuja drew on experience to defeat Abuja Beach Soccer Club 8-4 and become champions of the maiden Abuja Beach Soccer Tournament.


In the final match at the Jabi Lake Park venue of the tournament, the team from Kebbi started the first period strongly against a free-scoring Abuja side.

Team captain Hammed Kareem grabbed an early hat-trick in a period totally dominated by the Kebbi-based side and it ended 5-1.

The second period started much like the first but Abuja BSC slowed down the Kebbi side for it to end 7-3.

The final period, which was initially flat probably due to fatigue, came to life when Abuja BSC scored a goal and grew into the game.

With the spectators cheering the home team on, a comeback seemed probable.

However, any thought of a comeback was squashed when Chidozie Frank put the game beyond the reach of the home side.

It ended a disappointing 8-4 against the high-scoring Abuja BSC who scored a total of 23 goals in the three-day tournament.

Kareem, who was fantastic throughout the tournament, was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament.

Kwara Beach Soccer Club’s Emeka Ogbonna, who scored a total of 11 goals in the tournament, was presented with the Highest Goal Scorer’s medal.

Speaking with journalists after the game, the FCT Football Association (FA) chairman, Adam Mukhtar, praised Abuja BSC for their spirited performance.

He said the FCT FA, which put the tournament together, was happy with its reception by football fans.

“Owing to the huge success of this tournament, our next move is to take beach soccer to the Area Councils.

“We actually put the team together a few weeks ago and the players gave a good account of themselves. We emerged runners-up and scored the most goals.

“We will keep the team together and get another go at Kebbi BSC. Very soon, we will be at their level,” Mukhtar said.

The FCT FA Chairman promised that the Abuja Beach Soccer Tournament had come to stay and could only get better.

MVP Kareem, who dedicated his award to his son, Salam, said he was surprised by the performance of their Abuja opponents.

“I am happy we are champions, but the Abuja team were very impressive. The day belongs to us and I wish we could dominate the sport for long,” he said.

Earlier, Kwara BSC had defeated Badagry BSC 7-4 to finish third in the tournament.

Ogbonna, who was the highest goal scorer of the tournament with 11 goals, said his team would take the lessons learnt in the tournament at heart.

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Edited By: Olawale Alabi)



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