May 3, 2017
A.S Racines Football club of Lagos has the champion of 2014 Winners Goldenbet Lagos F.A Cup after defeating First Bank Football club four-three through penalties after the match played yesterday at the Onikan stadium, ended barren draw.
First Bank Football club abd A.S Racines Football club will represent Lagos State in this year’s edition of the Federation’s cup.
Our sports correspondent, reports that First Bank F.C. deserve to win the competition but the team failed to convert its scoring chances especially in the first half as A.S Racines F.C came stronger in the second half with the zeal to record a victory but their efforts were chattered.
Late goal which First Bank F.C could have claimed was disallowed by the centre referee as the goalkeeper of A.S Racines, Akinwale Akinyemi was the match hero following his outstanding performance by stopping two spot kicks to pave the way for his club to win the competition.
The Chief Coach of First Bank Football Club, Lukman Oshun has attributed his team defeat to A.S Racines in the final of Winners Goldenbet Lagos F.A cup to the unprofessional attitude of the centre referee for disallowing his side’s only scored at stoppage time.
Oshun whose team won all its matches in the Winners Goldenbet Lagos F.A cup prior to final, said that this team should not be judged by the result of yesterday’s match against A.S Racines because of the caliber of experienced and exposed players who could challenge to Nigerian club sides in the national federation’s cup.
The former Nigeria’s international,w ho claimed that it was a well deserved goal, said the competition would had ended in violence due to the referee’s attitude but the club took it clam not only because they had already qualified for the federation’s cup but because of the club’s integrity in Nigerian football.
He said First Bank F.C would go far in the competition because the club knows the nitty gritty of federation’s cup.
Head coach, A.S Racines Football club, Abidemi oluwaseyi, said the referee had handled the match in a professional manner according to the rules and regulations guiding football officiating, stressing that there was body contact against his goalkeeper, Akinwale Akinyemi, which compelled the centre referee to disallow the goal.
Oluwaseyi said for defeating MFM F.C in the semi-final and First Bank F.C, the team would be strengthened to record an outstanding performance at the competition