*GS Academy handed two-year ban for assaulting referee
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Arewa Football Academy Ungwan Muazu have emerged champions of the third edition of Engineer Musa Nimrod Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) Soccer Competition.
They trounced opponents, GS Football Academy Rigasa, by 2-0 in the final played at the main bowl, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Sunday April 14, 2019.
Arewa took the lead by opening scoring in the 23rd minute of the match, to the delight of their supporters who thronged the venue to witness the epic final..
Few minutes to end of game, Arewa slot another goal in via spot kick after an infringement, to seal their victory.
They were rewarded for their efforts by smiling home with a giant trophy, five footballs, medals and cash prize of N30,000.
Runners-up did not go empty handed, they also got three footballs and N20,000.
The third and fourth placed teams each were equally presented with five footballs each.
In the Special Prizes category, Most Valuable Player was won by tall, lanky, Abubakar Usman of Arewa Academy, whose efforts greatly influenced his team’s victory.
Top dignitaries who fiked out to watch the colourful final include, Commissioner of Youth, Sports and Culture Kaduna State, Honourable Daniel Danauta, Secretary Kaduna State Football Association, Alhaji Abdulsalam Jere and Kaduna State Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Comrade Isaiah Benjamin (JP).
Also spotted were the President Treasures Sporting Management, Honourable Gabriel Tukura and Chairman/CEO Wadson Sports International, Chief Ogbonna Wadson.
Meanwhile, in other categories of the competition, Kakuri Academy beat Fancy Stars Tudun Wada 1-0 to emerge champions to lift the giant trophy of the U-10, which was decided earlier.
In the U-16 category, Bityong Academy Zonkwa defeated Kuso Boys Doka 2-1 to lift the equally giant trophy.
In a related development, GS Academy have been handed a two-year ban from featuring in the competition after unruly behavior from one of their fans.
Kaduna State YSFON Secretary, Abdulrazak Usman announced this shortly after the presentation ceremony.
“Football is a game of discipline and YSFON as the organisers would not condone unruly behaviour. I apologise to our distinguished guests for the behavior exhibited by one of the fans of GS Academy who slapped the referee after the game,” he announced.