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Super 8: PJP FC defeats Konti FC, tops group A

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By Tony Oji

It is still work in progress as the group stage of the maiden edition of 2021 Anambra ‘Super 8’ football tournament advance to Match Day 3, Orient Sports reports.

The competition which is being organized by ‘My Anambra Football’ and bankrolled by Aspire FC Adazi Ani, is already taking place at the Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium, Onitsha.

Orient Sports confirms that the participating clubs includes; Smith City FC, Awka, Pope John Paul FC, Okouno and Rangels FC, Achina. Others were GP World FC Nnewi, IFechikwulu FC, Omor, Mecon FC, Umunze, Konti FC Umunnachi and Golden Boys FC Onitsha.

Speaking to Sports Writers, Chairman of Anambra State Sports Development Commission (ASSDC), Tony Oli said that the tournament is a superb initiative and first of its kind in the State.

“As you can see, this is a superb initiative, first of its kind in the state and great opportunity for our youths to engage themselves meaningfully. It is already making huge wave in the social media and all eyes are on Anambra State.

“All hands are on deck to make it a success. Good organization, sound officiating, quality display, full compliance to Covid-19 rules by players, coaches, fans and football administrators. The ovation is loud here, the stadium filled up with spectators, as if a World Cup qualifying match is taken place at the Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium.

Oli lauded ‘MY ANAMBRA FOOTBALL’ organizers and Aspire FC for putting up the competition and advised more wealthy soccer loving people to cue in and develop the game in the State.

Again, the group ‘A’ Match Day 3, which was played between Pope John Paul football club of Okpuno and Konti FC of Umunnachi ended 2-1. It was adjudged the most entertaining and tactical game of the day by football fans who saw the 90 minutes of the encounter.

Before the game, Konti FC was leading their group with three points while their opponent trailed behind them with one point. But the tide was turned when PJP FC added another goal through Ejike Anaduaka at the extra time minutes, to give his team their well-deserved victory.

The Okpuno based club now top group ‘A’ with four points, Konti FC still on three points alongside Ifechikwulu while Rangels remains at the bottom of the table with one point.

The Team manager of PJP FC, Kingsley Onukwor told Orient Sports after the game, that his boys were very much aware of the danger ahead and were determined battle for the three points.

“We know from on set that it will be a difficult match, owing to the fact that our opponents won their first game. So, we need to be more tactical and it paid off, all thanks to God for helping us execute our plan.

“We are not going to leave any stone unturned, every point counts. Tomorrow is a new game with different approach and we must do our best to possibly win,” Onunkwo explained.

Also, the man who scored the winning goal, Ejike Anaduaka, dedicated his goal to his teammates for their doggedness and urged them to maintain the tempo when they file out tomorrow for the final group match.

Reacting to the defeat, Coach of Konti FC, Okoro Damian Chikezie, regretted that at some point his boys were complacent, believing that they have qualified for the knockout stage of the competition and it affected them so much.

“We must do everything humanly possible to win our next game, in fact it is a must win. We go back to the drawing board and work on our mistakes to do better.

Other match results showed that Smith City FC drew 1-1 with Golden boys, Mekon FC defeated GP World 2-1 while Ifechikwulu won Rangel FC by 1-0 at the Ikpeazu Stadium in Match Day 2 encounter.

Orient Sports understands that My Anambra Football is a private and public sector geared towards developing and promoting state football through investments in physical infrastructure, technical training, promotion as well as creating access to global market.

Meanwhile, the group matches end tomorrow being 31st of March, 2021 while the grand finale would be played at the NEROS stadium, Nanka on April 3.

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