Young Warriors of FC Ifeanyi Ubah have joined Rivers United in the quarterfinals of the NPFL Under-15 Promises tournament after defeating Akwa United by 2 goals to 1 in their game which was concluded this Friday morning at the Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri after the referee put a stop to the encounter with 82 minutes of action played already on Thursday as a heavy downpour threatened the smooth flow of the game.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah Young Warriors were without five key players as the likes of Okechukwu Orakpor, Malu Valentine, Samuel Salau, Joseph Joshua and Adam Azeez were all missing in action. Bello Babatunde was drafted in taken the central attacking position as against his preferred right full back position. The change paid off as he produced the assist for the vital goal which the promising young starlet Bilya Japhet utilized in the 27th minute with an impressive volley to give his team victory. After a cagey start to the game, Akwa United teens
lunched series of attacks but were unable to equalize until 15 minutes into the second period to level proceedings.
Akwa United were unable to double their lead as the Young Warriors defended resolutely to keep the score even. The Warriors would go on to score in the 70th minute with wonder kid Bilya Japhet converting an assist from Nansel Bussa.
Reacting to his goal, Nansel Bussa attributed his effort to hark work
“I am very happy for the goals and I give thanks to the Almighty because it is not by my power but by the Grace of God, as our coaches have always instructed us to work hard and depend on God almighty for help which is exactly what played out today,” Bilya Japhet (aka Kante) declared.
“I am sure we will do well in Lagos. I have good understanding with my teammates and that will help us against any team we face,” said Young Warriors skipper Nansel Bussa who has an ambition of playing for the first team of 2016 Federation Cup Champions FC Ifeanyi Ubah in his future career.
The remaining 8 minutes in this game was played early today due to bad weather and poor visibility occasioned by a heavy rainfall on Thursday.
The Young Warriors will this Friday evening play Rivers United in their last game and are hopeful of securing maximum 12 points from the group stage.