In a thrilling encounter at the Kwara Youth League’s Super Four on Thursday, Kwara Football Academy (KFA) clashed with Gaa Akanbi in a game that delivered excitement, drama, and a flurry of goals. From the first whistle to the last, both teams exhibited their determination to secure a spot in the final, making it a spectacle for the eager spectators.
The match began with a nerve-racking moment as a collision between KFA’s striker and Gaa Akanbi’s goalkeeper, Issa Mojeed, halted play temporarily. After receiving necessary treatment, the game resumed, showcasing the resilience and determination of both sides.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 13th minute by Kamaldeen Jelili, who unleashed a stunning shot from outside the box, finding the bottom corner and sending the KFA fans into raptures.
However, the game’s tempo didn’t dwindle as moments later, Muhideen Yunus thought he had extended KFA’s lead, only for the referee to signal an offside.
As the first half concluded, KFA held a narrow 1-0 advantage over Gaa Akanbi, setting the stage for an intense second half.
The second period continued to provide end-to-end action. KFA’s captain, Muhideen, squandered a golden opportunity, firing over the bar, before Mustapha Kehinde capitalized on a defensive lapse to draw Gaa Akanbi level at 1-1 in the 64th minute.
However, KFA responded swiftly, with Abdullateef AbdulSamad restoring their lead a mere minute later, showcasing their resilience and hunger for victory.
The climax of the match arrived as KFA earned a penalty in the 80th minute. Muhideen Yunus confidently converted the spot-kick, securing a 3-1 victory for KFA and sealing their place in the final.
Despite a valiant effort from Gaa Akanbi, KFA emerged victorious, securing their berth in the final showdown while Gaa Akanbi would contend for third place.