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10-man FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeat Rangers to win 2017 Charity Cup

10-man FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeat Rangers to win 2017 Charity Cup

FC Ifeanyi Ubah have won the first Nigerian title of 2017 after the club defeated Enugu Rangers 4-3 on penalties.

10-man FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeat Rangers to win 2017 Charity Cup

10-man FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeat Rangers to win 2017 Charity Cup

The late arrival of the minister of sports Solomon Dalung forced the game which was earlier scheduled to begin at 4pm to be delayed for another 37 minutes.

The Charity Cup match which was played at the Abuja national stadium on Wednesday, January 11, saw FC Ifeanyi Ubah the eventual winners reduced to ten men after Guinean defender Kojo Baah received a second yellow card in the first half.

Super Eagles winger Prince Aggreh converted the decisive penalty kick to hand the Anambra Warriors the much coveted title.

10-man FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeat Rangers to win 2017 Charity Cup

Players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah celebrate after winning the Charity cup

It was a fight to finish in Abuja as both teams matched eachother in all areas, but the Nnewi based team looked sharper in front of goal after the fluffed a couple of chances in the first half.

Pape Ousmane also had a glorious chance in the 28th minute but he narrowly missed the header.

The second half looked more lively and FC Ifeanyi Ubah would have won it before regulation time when Prince Aggreh missed another 'delicious' opportunity after he was set-up by substitute Seka Pascal in the 72nd minute.

It ended 0 - 0 at regulation but FC Ifeanyi Ubah managed to win the match 4-3 on penalties as Christian Madu and Afeez Awakan missed their spot kicks for the NPFL champions.

10-man FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeat Rangers to win 2017 Charity Cup

Players of the FC Ifeanyi Ubah celebrate the title

The Charity Cup match was played between Rangers of Enugu who won the NPFL in 2016 and FC Ifeanyi Ubah, the FA Cup winners of the same year; an annual fixture which serves as an appetizer ahead of the new season.

The 2016/2017 Nigerian Professional Football League season begins in Saturday, January 14, 2017 with matches across various centres around the country.

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