Nigeria’s representatives in the 2018 SATUC five-a-side World Cup, John Utaka Foundation FC in Bulgaria yesterday walloped Liberia 4-0 in the final of the competition to win the trophy.
The Nigerian U-16 side scored 26 goals in five matches and conceded only three throughout the competition. Nigeria’s red hot striker, Arafat Hussain scored a brace against Liberia to increase his overall goals to nine to become the most valuable/highest goal scorer of the tournament.
The Minna-based team became the winner of the second edition of the tournament staged to showcase the innate talents of underprivileged kids between the ages of 15 and 16 across 16 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Meanwhile, Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung is expected to receive the team on Monday morning, just as Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello is also expected to honour the side.Already, Super Eagles players, Umar Aminu, Shehu Abdullahi, Kenneth Omeruo and Daddy Moses have pledged to support the good initiatives of the founder of the John Utaka Foundation, John Utaka.
Progression Line of Liberia Team :
Liberia have progressed to the final of the SATUC U17 World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria, a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube.
The team booked their ticket to final following their thrilling 5-1 win against African counterparts Morocco yesterday, a dispatch confirmed.
Liberia took an early lead that was later equalized midway through the first half. The team could not allow itself to end the first half on level terms as they retook to enter the first half break with a 2-1 lead.
It later became a one-sided affair after Liberia stole the final half to score four additional goals.
Liberia had defeated Cambodia 3-2 in the quarter-final before they were paired against Morocco in the semis. The team started the tournament on a disappointing note when they lost to host Bulgaria, but finished second in Group A after a 5-1 win over Iraq.
With one match, the final, left to be played, Liberia will now have to face West African counterparts Nigeria for the SATUC Cup.
Finalist Nigeria advanced to the final after finishing top of Group D during the group stage ahead of Morocco and Syria. They later defeated Cameroon in the quarterfinals, and Bulgaria in the semi-finals.
The final will be played today, August 15, to be followed by a cultural tour of the country, which is a traditional part of the event.