Supremes FC have won the north central zone title of the 2012 Gulder 5 A-Side Football competition played in Makurdi on Sunday.
The team from Gboko defeated Gidan Bege FC of Makurdi 3-2 in the final via penalties after regulation time ended 1-1.
However, both teams have won tickets to play in the national finals that will come up in Lagos in June where they will challenge the other zonal champions for the five million naira ultimate prize.
The day started with semi final matches. Unlike the quarter final stage on Saturday, matches were concluded in regulation time as Gidan Bege defeated City Lions 1-0 and Supremes saw off the challenge of Destiny Stars FC 2-1.
With the joy of having earned tickets to the national finals, Gidan Bege ad Supremes then went into the final game hoping to win the 30,000 naira zonal prize.
Gidan Bege took the lead and were cruising to victory when Supremes equalised to make the game 1-1 and push it into penalties where they eventually triumphed 3-2.
Moses Kpakor, former Nigeria international midfielder who saw the game, praised the efforts of the two teams that made the final.
“I’m a bit satisfied with the quality of football particularly the final which was the best game of the competition,” Kpakor told Goal.com.
“I thank the organisers for doing a good job within the short time that they had. I’ve seen about eight players here in Makurdi that could make the national side. Gulder needs to liaise with the Nigeria Football Federation to invite national coaches for the national finals so that they are able to scout for new players for their teams.
“In the same token, Gulder needs to improve in terms of awareness for next year. They need to sensitize the general public early enough so that more players are available to showcase their talents,” Kpakor said.
Organisers declared Supremes FC’s Msugh Orungu who scored six goals in the tournament as the most valuable player. Other players also highlighted include Kelvin Nwasike of Gidan Bege and Gary Anyamkegh of City Lions FC.