Akwa United win Nigerian Cup on penalties over Niger Tornadoes

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Akwa United win Nigerian Cup on penalties over Niger Tornadoes

Akwa United win Nigerian Cup on penalties over Niger Tornadoes

Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes on penalties to win their second Nigerian Cup in three years after a 0-0 draw in Sunday's final at Lagos.

Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes on penalties to win their second Nigerian Cup in three years after a 0-0 draw in Sunday's final at Lagos.

Shootout ends disappointing final

Striker Gabriel Okechukwu scored the decisive spot-kick in sudden death to win the shoot-out 3-2, after both teams failed to score in a drab match.

It was substitute Okechukwu who had failed to convert the biggest chance of the day in the 85th minute, when he was clear on goal with only goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko to beat.

In a dire first 45 minutes, Friday Ubong was denied a clear sight on goal by a timely header from Niger Tornadoes defender Reuben Ogbonnaya. Musa Newman was let down by a poor first touch just before half-time, with the teams having to wait until penalties to decide the final.

The victory means that Akwa will play in the CAF Confederation Cup next season, having lost in the 2016 preliminary round.

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