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 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
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