It was a historic moment in Lagos on Sunday when CAF President Ahmad and some CAF Executive Committee members graced the Nigeria FA Cup final on Sunday (15 October 2017) that saw Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes 3-2 on penalties at the Agege Stadium.
After a scoreless encounter in regulation time, the match was decided via penalties which saw both sides lost three out of the initial five penalty kicks; and Gabriel Okechukwu turned Akwa United's hero by striking the winner.
The feat by Akwa United was an encore for the club after a similar success in 2015 in the country's oldest domestic competition which climaxed the 71st edition.
Apart from the mouthwatering 25 Million Naira ($70,323)prize money and the glittering trophy as winners, Akwa United also earned the ticket to represent Nigeria in next year's Total CAF Confederation Cup.
It was the 11th time the competition was decided via penalties after it began in 1945 as Governor's Cup. It was later known at various times as Challenge Cup and Federation Cup.
Meanwhile, the entourage of CAF President Ahmad at the Agege Stadium popularly known as 'Soccer Temple' include First Vice President Kwesi Nyantakyi, Second Vice President Constant Omari Selemani and CAF Emergency Committee member, Souleiman Waberi.
TROPHY WINNERS SINCE 1990
1990:Stationery Stores 0-0(5-4pens) Enugu Rangers
1991: El-Kanemi Warriors 3-2 Kano Pillars F.C.
1992: El-Kanemi 1-0 Stationery Stores
1993: BCC Lions 1-0 Plateau United
1994: BCC Lions 1-0 Julius Berger FC
1995: Shooting Stars 2-0 Katsina United
1996: Julius Berger 1-0 Katsina United
1997: BCC Lions 1-0 Katsina United
1998: Wikki Tourists 0-0 Plateau United
1999: Plateau United 1-0 Iwuanyanwu
2000: Tornadoes 1-0 Rangers
2001: Dolphins FC 2-0 El-Kanemi
2002: Julius Berger 3-0 Yobe Stars
2003: Lobi Stars 2-0 Sharks FC
2004: Dolphins FC 1-0 Enugu Rangers
2005: Enyimba 1-1(6-5pens) Lobi Stars
2006: Dolphins FC 2-2 (5-3pens)Bendel Insurance
2007: Dolphins FC 1-1 (3-2pens) Enugu Rangers
2008: Ocean Boys 2-2 (7-6pens)Gombe United
2009: Enyimba 1-0 Sharks FC
2010: Kaduna United 3-3(3-2pens) Enyimba
2011: Heartland 1-0 Enyimba
2012: Heartland 2-1 Lobi Stars
2013 Enyimba 2-2 (5-4pens) Warri Wolves
2014: Enyimba 2-1 Dolphins FC
2015: Akwa United 2-1 Lobi Stars
2016: FC IfeanyiUbah 0-0(5-4pens) Nassarawa United
2017: Akwa United 0-0(3-2pens) Niger Tornadoes