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RESTORATION CUP: RESILIENT OPU-NEMBE BOOKS FINAL TICKET

  • Written by  JOHN ODHE, Yenagoa
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RESTORATION CUP: RESILIENT OPU-NEMBE BOOKS FINAL TICKET

Opu-Nembe community, on Wednesday, defied pundits to overcome fancied Otuasega community in the second semi-final of the Governor Seriake Dickson Football Tournament tagged Restoration Cup.

The game played at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa saw Otuasega, the Ogbia Unity Cup champions, lose 3-4 on penalties after a pulsating 1-1 draw at regulation time.



Otuasega took the game to Opu-Nembe from the blast of the whistle, missing a couple of chances in the process while the latter struggled all through the first half to have only a shot on target.

In the second half, the Ogbia champions reinforced their attack and it paid off in the 63rd minute. Unmarked skipper, Ako Minarakpon, received a sublime pass from the right, which he controlled comfortably before placing the ball at the far right of the goalkeeper.

Otuasega did not relent as they intensified the pressure till they found the back of the net seven minutes later but the flag was up for offside, and then they hit the woodwork in the 80th minute.

But the tempo changed three minutes from full time when Opu-Nembe midfielder, Ayibaghoemi Canus, scored the equaliser to send his team and supporters into a wild jubilation.

The resilient Opu-Nembe won the game in the shootout 4-3 and will face Peretorugbene in the final on June 3 while Otuasega will tackle Toru-Orua in the losers final, also on Sunday, at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex.

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