27 November 2012

Nigeria/Cote d'Ivoire: Apapa Golden Stars Emerge 3rd in Abidjan Tourney

Nigeria's flag was raised high in Cote d'Ivoire at the weekend as Lagos State Junior League Runners-up, Apapa Golden Stars out-classed Volcan Junior of Cote d'Ivoire 3-1 to emerge third in the Tournoi International Du District D'Abidjan Football Competition in Abidjan.

The team, which is being sponsored by Apapa Local Chairman, Honourable Ayodeji Joseph lost 2-1 to Barcelona Youth Team in the semi final on Friday but bounced back forcefully to defeat Volcan 3-1 on Saturday at the Stadium le Marcory, Koumassi.

After a very balanced game in the first 20 minutes of the game, Kadir Atanda opened scoring the 25th minutes with a superb shot which caught the Ivorien keeper unaware as the first half ended 1-0 in favour of Apapa team.

Atanda who is popularly called 'Deco' increased the tally in the 65th minutes while Ade Adegbola made it 3-0, 10 minutes later before Volcan Junior team scored a consolation goal late into the game as the game ended 3-1.

Kadir Atanda emerged the tournament highest goal-scorer with four goals from the 8-team international competition.

Playing in Group B, Apapa Golden Stars earlier lost 1-0 to Volcan Junior before defeating Academie De Football Mohammed of Morocco 1-0 and Feyenoord Academy of Ghana 1-0 to reach the Semi-final.

Barcelona won the tournament after defeating ASEC Mimosas Junior team 5-4 on penalties as the game ended 1-1 on regulation time.

Other teams in Group A that participated in the one week tournament include Kada International School of Burkina Faso and Saleccao Academy of Cote d'Ivoire.

The is the third international tournament the team will be participating since inception in 2010 starting with the 2010 Gauteng Youth Championship in South Africa and the Tunisian Youth Tourney earlier this year.

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