KEFA: Heskey-Rido Magic Spurs A2 To Usurp D-Block At The Throne

By: Kelvin Omachonu

A second-half brace from Onariga Ridwan ensured that A2 downed D1 to become the new Champions of the Katanga Elite Football Association Cup.

After two weeks of thrilling football at the Independence Hall Maracana, the wheat was separated from the chaff.

As usual, D-block got their two automatic spots in the quarterfinals of the competition, albeit after some shenanigans.

The two D-block teams played their way into the semifinal, and it was looking like it would be a repeat of last session when both D-block teams got into the final.

However, A2 led by Ridwan and Heskeyman upset them beating D2 in one of the semifinal fixtures. But D1 managed to find their way into the final to set a date with A2 at the Indy Hall Maracana.

D1 were massive favourites to claim the title, and they showed why, dominating the fixture from the blast of the whistle

As expected, it was a fierce and physical tie. And at some point, it looked like a game of rugby. But despite D1’s dominance, they failed to create clear-cut chances. A2 soon grew into the game, but they failed to fashion out opportunities, and the first half ended goalless.

However, the game sparked to life in the second half. Ridwan opened the scoring for A2 within two minutes after the restart. Nonetheless, D1 showed no signs of giving up as they applied more pressure in an effort to draw level.

Unfortunately for them, they left holes in their defense, and minutes later, A2 exploited those loopholes.

Heskeyman intercepted a pass from the middle of the pitch and set up Ridwan who was running free with a brilliant pass. Ridwan made no mistake from close range, as he slotted past a helpless Dipo to make it 2-0 to A2.

D1 tried to increase their urgency, but things did not align for them in the final third, as Adams, Ayanfe, and Kay all fired blanks.

A2 had a few chances to add to their tally, but they failed to convert. However, they did just enough to run out 2-0 winners on the day.

Jayeoba Samuel emerged as the Best Player and Highest goalscorer of the tournament, while Akintola Pelumi was the Best Young Player.

Afolabi David was the best Goalkeeper, while the defender of the tournament was Babalola Dipo.


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