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Abia Warriors zoom into Q/Finals of 2024 President Federation Cup

Posted : 30 May 2024

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Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has advanced to the quarterfinals of the ongoing President Federation Cup after a thrilling penalty shootout victory over Kwara United of Ilorin in Ikenne.

The round of 16 match ended 1-1 after regulation time, but the Pride of Abia had to rely on the lottery of penalty shootouts to overcome a stubborn Kwara United side.

Emmanuel Ogbole put Kwara United in front in the 41st minute, but Abia Warriors responded three minutes later when Paschal Nwabueze sent a through pass to Sunday Megwo, who struck the ball beyond the onrushing goalkeeper for the equalizer and his 6th President Federation Cup goal.

The first half ended all square, and as the second half began, both sides played with more caution. However, it was Abia Warriors' goalkeeper, Ali Ishaku, who was called into action on a few occasions, and he did not disappoint, making superb saves to keep the scoreline even.

With no more goals after regulation time and added time, a penalty shootout became inevitable, and the Umuahia Landlords prevailed.

After both sides took five spot kicks, Kwara United missed two, with the first hitting the upright, while Abia Warriors' keeper, Ali Ishaku, saved the other.

On their end, Abia Warriors' Sagir Musa was the only one to miss his kick, but his teammates, Prince Okorie, Collins Nwoburuoke, Arinze Ogbonna, and Sunday Megwo, made up for him by converting their kicks to see Abia Warriors through to the last eight.


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