*National stadium pitch now a polo ground with bumpy terrain
By Oluwole Francis
FC Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club on Wednesday in Abuja defeated Rangers International FC of Enugu 4-3 on penalties to clinch the 2017 Charity Cup.
The match played at the bumpy pitch of the main bowl of the National Stadium ended 0-0 at the end of regulation time.
The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Rangers and the Federation Cup winners, Ifeanyi Ubah, had a tricky ride through the first half.
Rangers continued from where they left off in the second half as they kept piling pressure on the defence of their opponents but unfortunately they couldn’t find a leeway.
The game had to be decided on the lottery of the penalty shootout which Ifeanyi Ubah won 4-3.
Rangers new signing Daniel Etor and Godwin Aguda tormented the FC Ifeanyi Ubah defence inside an empty Abuja National Stadium.
In the 33rd minute, FC Ifeanyi Ubah Ghanaian-born defender, Kojo Bah was sent off after his second booking for a late tackle. The Nnewi outfit suffered further setback when captain Olamilakan Adeleye was forced by injury to give way to Stephen Eze. Both teams struggled to thread passes on the bumpy pitch that looked more like a polo ground.
Rangers introduced Ocheme Edoh for Etor late in the contest, but they still failed to break down their opponents forcing the game to be decided on penalties.