By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Kakuri United Football team has clinched this year’s 5th Edition of the Walin Kakuri Ramadan Cup, beating its rival; Future Eagles FC with 9-8 goals through penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw.
The match played at the Government Secondary School, (GSS) Kakuri, Kaduna on Thursday attracted the who is who in the Football business in the state and country at large.
Kakuri united opened scoring at the 23th minutes into the 1st half of the game through their Jersey no. 33 Ibrahim Yahaya, while Future Eagles no 5 Jersey, Dauda Adamu scored at the 33 minutes of the first half to canceled the early lead of Kakuri United.
Kakuri Utd Ibrahim Yahaya, net in the second goal to increase the tally to keep his team leading few minutes into the second half of the match, but it was short lived with a goal from Sadiq Muhammed, no 21 Jersey of Future Eagles after a defensive error.
The match later ended in penalty shot out after a 2-2 draw at the close of the 70 minutes of the match, with Kakuri United thrashing their opponents, Future Eagles 9-8 goals to emerge winner of the tournament.
The final match, however, is not without the normal display of skilful and artistic performances of the soccer game by the youthful players on both sides and lots more.
In the same vein, sponsor of the initiative and competition, Mallam Sani Abdullahi, said it is his way of giving back to the society, with the harnessing grassroot talents who would later represent the country in future national and international events.
He also maintained that it is also aimed at bridging gaps of disunity, while encouraging unity and peace across the multi-ethnic and religious communities in the area through the unifying power of the round leather game.
According to him, the competition which is the 5th edition will be sustained to continue to meet its vision and mission.
On his part, a Sports administrator, Engineer Yusuf Best, described the performances of the boys as encouraging, and believed that with continuous efforts and the right attitude and opportunity they will go places.
Highlights of the tournament includes; awards to deserving corporate organizations for their invaluable contributions.