Lagos – Fosla Academy of Abuja were unable to retain the third position in the third place match against Government College Katsina in the ongoing Copa Coca Cola football championship at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos.
Fosla Academy had emerged as the second runners-up in the 2016 edition of the tournament.
The match which ended 1-0 at full time, kicked off at 10.30 am and the lone goal of the match was scored by 15-year-old Aminu Salisu.
Following the defeat, the Captain of Fosla Academy, Moses Aluko, told NAN that though it was normal to feel sad, but his team still did their best.
“It’s normal to feel sad, we did our best, and we lost concentration after the first score which is bad.
“Next year we will be gunning for gold God sparing our lives,’’ the 14-year-old Captain said.
In the same vein, Simeon Zekeri, who plays in the defence for Fosler Academy, told NAN that their best was not good enough to retain the third position.
“I’m sad I just can’t help it, we have come a long way from the regionals to the current level, we will come back better,’’ he said.
NAN reports that no fewer than 5,000 schools registered for the tournament and competed from the regional to the state and finally to the national level of the competition.
Meanwhile, Salisu the scorer of the lone goal for Government College Katsina in the match, told NAN that winning the third place has encouraged him to follow his dream.
“I’m happy I scored, this is the first time that we will make it this far, and we intend to come back better next year.
“I love football, I’m motivated by today’s win, I will pursue my dream and also further my education,’’ he said.