A second half goal off the heels of Christopher Nwanze was what separated the winners from the runners-up as Kakuri Academy beat Unity Academy 1-0 to lift the giant trophy of the maiden edition of Late Honourable Abdulkadir Magaji Kapaka Soccer Competition, played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Saturday.
Both teams had earlier sweated out a barren first half with no goals to show despite several attempts in the highly competitive match.
Earlier in the third place match played at the same venue, GBS Academy subdued Gumel Lions 2-1 to emerge second runners-up.
In the lavish presentation ceremony which saw all winners presented cash prizes and trophies, Husseini Akor emerged the Best Referee and went away with a medal and trophy.
Ismail Ismail of Kakuri Academy emerged the Most Valuable Player (MVP), Ahmed Kabir Umar of GBS Academy finishedas the Highest Goal Scorer and Coach Aminu Dodi of Kakuri Academy won Best Coach Award.
For other special awards, Bashir Haruna of Unity Academy emerged Best Goalkeeper and Rimi Youth Football Academy won the award of Best Behaved Team.
High point of the closing ceremony was the presentation of a giant trophy and N70,000 to Kakuri Academy for their efforts.
Runners-up, Unity Academy smiled away with a trophy and N50,000, while second runners-up GBS Academy got a trophy and N30,000 cash prize.
Speaking to newsmen, sponsor of the competition and donor of the trophy, Engineer Yusuf Best praised all the teams that participated for putting up brilliant display of skills.
He said with the level of talent he witnessed throughout the competition, he was optimistic that Nigeria would soon reclaim its number one position in football in Africa, and a dominant force to be reckoned with the world over.
He commended the Kaduna State Football Association for good organization of the competition, while promising to sustain it.
Best described late Kapaka as one, who greatly contributed to the development of football not only in Kaduna State before, and during his service as FA Chairman, but in Nigeria entirely.
The sponsor said Kapaka’s demise was still being felt, praying for his soul to continue to rest in peace.
It would be recalled that Kapaka, Kaduna’s FA Chairman died in a Lagos hospital, and Engineer Best during a condolence visit to his residence in Kaduna promised to sponsor a competition in his honour, one that he has fulfilled.