Coach Kennedy Ezenwere’s boys sealed their passage to the Copa Coca-Cola national finals after forcing Enugu boys to a 0-0 draw on Thursday afternoon
Imo 0-0 Enugu
Owerri City School, Imo are through to the national finals of the 2017 Copa Coca-Cola U15 secondary schools championship despite their 0-0 draw against New Layout Secondary School, Enugu on Thursday afternoon at the Modern Secondary School, Port Harcourt.
The boys from Imo forced their Enugu opponents to a goalless draw in their last match (the deciding match) at the region, knowing fully well that a point is all they needed to represent the Port Harcourt region at the Lagos finals.
New Layout were condemned to win the game or forget playing in Lagos and that was why they played the game with every fiber in them, but were just too unlucky to hit the target with all of the chances they created in the encounter.
Million Koma got the coal city boys started in the third match of day three with a fantastic free kick but was saved by the wood works just five minutes into the encounter, while other chances the marksman got upfront were either saved or went off target.
The eventual champions at the Port Harcourt region, who played defensive almost all through the encounter had a chance to score the first goal through Henry Williams’ superb free kick in the late minutes of the first half, but was saved by New Layout secondary school last man at the right hand side of the goalpost.
Hostilities resumed in the second half with the boys from Enugu desperately looking for a goal to boost their chances of qualifying, but again, New Layout’s top scorer in this championship, Koma failed to live up to expectations as all his shots went off targets and allowed the Imo state representatives run off with one point and emerge champions of Port Harcourt region.
Akwa ibom 0-0 Rivers State
Fortunes High School, Akwa Ibom once again failed to live up to their opening day expectations as they dropped points in their third match at the Port Harcourt region against Government Secondary School, Cross Rivers on Thursday morning.
The Uyo based side, which began their campaign like a house on fire – beating Winners Academy, Bayelsa 4-1, played a 1-1 draw against Port Harcourt eventual regional champions from Imo in their second game, and then lost 3-1 to the boys from Enugu in their third – a result that ruled them totally out of the national finals ticket race.
Cross Rivers on the other hand started their campaign on a poor note, losing their first two games to Enugu and Imo. Hoping for a redemption in their third match against Akwa Ibom, but the best they could muster from that game was a goalless draw to bring their winless tally to three games after that match.
Unlike in their first two games, the Cross Rivers boys created some chances but unfortunately, they could not convert them, and they finished with just one point after three games.
Imo 2-0 Bayelsa
Two goals from Henry Williams and Agbokwuru Chukwunyere ensured Owerri City School, Imo maintain their unbeaten run in three games following their 2-1 victory over Winners Academy, Bayelsa on Thursday morning.
Coach Kennedy Ezenwere’s boys continued their impressive run of form with their display of talents at the Modern Secondary School to keep their side afloat of defeat, as the champions for the Port Harcourt regional finals is to be determined by the game between Imo and Enugu in the afternoon.
Having scored five goals in their last two games, 13-year-old Henry Williams’ opener in this encounter brought his tally to six – a tally that could increase in their last regional finals game the same day, but they will also have to be wary of New Layout’s Million Koma, who scored a hatrick to power Enugu representatives to a 3-1 win over Akwa Ibom.
Bayelsa 0-2 Cross Rivers
Government Secondary School, Cross Rivers grabbed their only victory at the just concluded Copa Coca-Cola regional finals with a 2-0 win over Winners Academy, Bayelsa at the Modern Secondary School, Port Harcourt on Thursday afternoon.
Two goals from each half of the encounter ensured the boys from Calabar finished with four points – one point better than the boys from the Niger-Delta region.
Knowing fully well that nothing was at stake in this game, both teams played for pride and rankings on the log.