July 31, 2013

Kaduna teams qualify for national final

It was double victory for host Kaduna as its male and female teams picked the zonal tickets in both categories for the National Championship of the on-going Airtel Rising Stars National U-17 tournament.

Both teams fought off fierce competition from six other states to book their places after a series of matches played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

In the male final, Kaduna C clashed against   Kaduna P. They played out a barren draw during regulation time and the resultant shoot out ended 9-7 in favour of team Kaduna C.

The picture was not completely different in the female category where Kaduna once again produced the finalists. A solitary strike by Kaduna team B was all that was needed to book a place in the National Championship in Lagos.

The Kaduna zonal championship was not a good outing for defending national champion, team Jos, as they lost the opportunity to play at the National Championship next month after failing to replicate the form that saw them lift the coveted trophy in Lagos last year.

The zonal championship play-offs continue in Enugu and Port Harcourt between July 31 and August 2.