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EFCC FC emerged 2019 FCT FA Cup Winner

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EFCC FC emerged 2019 FCT FA Cup Winner

Joel Ajayi

EFCC Football Club of Abuja on Sunday emerged the winner of 2019 FA Cup cup after beating the Setraco FC one goal to nothing.

The final match played at the Area 3 Pitch in  federal Capital Territory witnessed by a sizeable crowd ended 1-0 at regulation time in favour of Magu Boys.

Both sides played very well with few chances created in first half of the encounter as it was a cagey affairs which produced less talking points.

The second half came up with a lot of chances from both sides but they could not convert them until 78th when Setraco player Keneth Oghogho who was on yellow card criticise the referee decision that led to second yellow card which made it impossible for him to stay on the pitch, a  situation that gave EFCC edged.

In the 80th minutes the deadlock was broken as EFCC put more presure on the 10-man Setraco team and a low rebounce shot from EFCC Captain Icha Emmanuel gave Economic Financial and Crime Commission team 1-0 lead.

10-man Streaco team raised the bar of their game pressed for an equalizer but could not get it until the end of the game.

Earlier, in the women category, the VERAGOLD Amazon defeated Capital City Dove 2-1 to crowned the winner of this year’s edition.

Meanwhile, the EFCC and Setraco football clubs will represent the country’s  Capital City in the National AIETO cup.

While VERAGOLD Amazon and Capital City Dove clubs will played in the 2019 AIET

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House Committee Satisfied With FMYSD’s Submission Over Athletes Ineligibility in Tokyo, Summons NBBF Over D’Tigress

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The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare alongside his Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismail Abubakar and the Ministry’s Anti-Doping Committee appeared before the House Committee on Sports led by its chairman, Honourable Olumide Osoba.

It was a meeting that provided the Minister with an opportunity to also shed more light on allowances of the women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, payments made to the NBBF and the doping allegations against some Team Nigeria athletes to the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

In his report about the doping allegations, The Minister corrected an erroneous impression that many had by clearing the notion that the athletes were not guilty of doping or taking any form of illegal, performance enhancing substance.

“The Athletes were required to take three out of competition tests at 3 weeks intervals which of course they did but took it a week earlier, and that was why they were not allowed to participate in the Olympics. It should also be noted that, these ten athletes were not banned from participating in the Olympics but were ineligible to compete due to their missing the mandatory out-of-competition tests at the appropriate times,” Dare said.

On the allowances of D’Tigress, it was through the adopt-an-athlete initiative of the Minister that the sum of Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars($230,000) was raised from a group of Banks for the D’Tigress and D’Tigers. This money came in during the Olympics and was deposited into the NBBF’s CBN account.

According to the Minister, “we issued a statement regarding the $230,000 and on return from Olympics the players of both teams were asked to submit their account details so the CBN could process the payment at once, as we speak, we have only details of the female team; D’Tigress and none of D’Tigers obliged to this.

“Prior to now, the CBN have been instructed to process payment of the 12 female team members as first trench payment.

“The Process for the payment for D’Tigress is in place and near completion, the money is intact in the CBN account as CBN has provided statement of account to prove that the $230,000 NBBF fund was not misappropriated.”

According to one of the Honourable members of the Committee, Honourable Dachung Musa, representing Jos South/ Jos East Federal consistency, “We are satisfied now that you have provided the right information, especially the fact that our athletes were not banned or found guilty of taking illegal substances. I will dare to say, information is key in portraying the good image of our dear country.”

The Committee thereafter summoned the former NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida to appear before it within two weeks.

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