Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: FCT Wins National U13 Championship

The FCT U13 team on Thursday defeated their Ogun state counterparts 3 -1 to emerge the champions of the 2012 National U13 Youth Championship in Abuja.

The match which was played at the FIFA Goal Project Centre of the Abuja National stadium, witnessed quality exchanges from both teams, but it was the FCT team that eventually triumphed 3-1 in the 90 minute regulation time, despite not having the full control of the game.

Iko Seth, Meshach Awoje, and Sunday Ugor were all on the score sheet for FCT while Ibrahim Danladi scored Ogun states only goal in the match.

In the third place match, played earlier in the day, Kaduna state beat Niger state 2 - 0 to go home with the bronze medal.

Certificates were also given to the three best placed teams.

56 make camp

Meanwhile, the National U-13/U-15 team coach Danladi Nasidi says he has picked 56 player from the just concluded 2012 National U-13 Youth Championship in Abuja.

He said the selected players will be called to the National U-13 & U-15 team camp by early next year.

"First I must confess that I'm very pleased with what I've seen here tonight, and from here I've been able to pick 12 U-15 players and 44 U-13 player to make a total of 56 that will have the opportunity to come fight for shirts when our camp opens in January. " Danladi said.

Eight state teams, Sokoto, Edo, Kaduna, Imo, FCT, Ogun, Niger and Ekiti participated at the games.

No more cheating

In his remark, the President Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari, who was represented by his Special Assistant on finance, Taiwo Odebunmi, promised that the NFF will continue to grow football from the grassroots.

"Nigeria Football is determined to ensure that only the right players of the right ages represent our National Teams at the age grade levels. We want to eradicate age cheating and also ensure that we have the data base of our player."

The players who are picked from this tournament will be exposed both locally and also through international tournaments like we have been doing in the past." Maigari assured.

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