The Champion of Champions were drawn to Play FC Yarma Light in the Aiteo Cup 2017 formerly known as the NFF Federations Cup, a tournament in which The Anambra Warriors are the defending champions.
The NPFL Galacticos played at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe against FC Yarmalight the team that Eliminated Gombe United in the Gombe State FA Cup but surprisingly finished second in the Gombe state FA Cup, and without nothing left to lose and all to gain emanated from the Dressing room like a house of fire, contending every loose ball, every aerial attempt and even creating the better chances and should have gone ahead in the 37th Minute as a Fast Break by the Hosts saw Patrick Uche Slide a delightful defence splitting pass to Yusuf Auwal Mohammed who was 1 on 1 with the keeper but Wastefully Ballooned his free chance into the evening sky with the goal at his mercy in the most notable chance of the half.
The Second Half Started like the first with the Hosts pressing and trying to cause an upset by defeating a team in the Top tier of Nigerian Football but all such pressure came to Nothing as a quick counter began on the left hand side Loute fed the ball to Bright who crossed but the ball was headed out and fell to the feet of Ngoma who fed Yaya Kone as he let Fly beyond the reach of GK Ibrahim in the 50th minute to give The Champion of Champions the initiative as well as the Support of the crowd.
The Anambra Warriors grew into the game, being boosted by the support of the crowd exerted their dominance and got a deserved Second as again the Left flank was exploited as an Over Lapping Isaac Loute gave a Low Cross to the Hitman Godwin Obaje who turned it on goal, behind the Goalie and into the net. In the Closing stages of the Game, FC Yarmalight won a Penalty which was Converted by Patrick Uche to create a tense finish that brought about a display of the Class of the Anambra Warriors Emerge as a Dead ball situation saw Adeleye Send a long ball to Ikeokwu who fed the ball to Kone to strike a Belter and seal progression into the Next Round for the Defending champions.
FC YARMALIGHT 1. (PATRICK UCHE -85 pen)
FC IFEANYIUBAH 3. (YAYA KONE -50′ & 89′, GODWIN OBAJE 58′)
It’s also good to note that the Feeders team of FC Ifeanyi Ubah also advanced into the next phase of the 2017Aiteo Cup after defeating Jigawa Golden Stars by 2-1 at the Fortress. Up next for the Anambra Warriors is a Match Day 35 clash against Akwa United at the FC Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium in the Ongoing Nigerian Professional Football League Season.
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