By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
After 85 minutes of goals drought three late goals from both teams brought the second edition of the Engineer Musa Nimrod Community Peace and Unity Soccer Competition to a dramatic end on Sunday at the Kaduna Township Stadium.
Arewa Football Academy who emerged winners, scored the opening goal of the match courtesy of Victor Joseph in the 85th minute of the match.
A minute later, Abba Tijani increased the tally to two after a faulty pass from runner-up, Akausa Babes.
A goal scored by Abdulrahman Sanusi in the last minute of the added time after 90 minutes of play elapsed, could not bring his team Alausa Babes back to contention as the centre referee blew the final whistle shortly after.
The first half witnessed a barren draw in spite of brilliant attempts from both teams.
The runners-up hit the back of the net twice, but the centre referee ruled both attempts as off side, taking advice of the assistant referee, whose flag was up.
Fans of Alausa Babes were seen strolling out of the stadium after their team went two goals down.
Earlier, Young Barcelona had beaten Fancy FC 3-1 to settle for the bronze.
In the U-18 category, Dan Asabe Football Academy left no one in doubt of their superiority as they subdued Strangers FC to emerge champions.
Sponsor of the competition, Engineer Musa Nimrod announced cash prizes of thirty thousand Naira for Arewa Academy and twenty thousand Naira for Akausa Babes, which was instantly presented to both teams.
High point of the closing ceremony was the presentation of trophies to winners of the three categories that featured and five footballs each to the top four teams.
Dignitaries spotted at the closing ceremony included the Commissioner of Youth, Sports and Culture Kaduna State, Mr. Daniel Danauta, Kaduna State FA Chairman Honourable Kashim Sheriff, state FA Secretary, Alhaji Abdussalam Jere, Kaduna United Secretary, Florence Yori and GRASOF Boss, Hon. Danlami Babami.
Others are sponsor, Engineer Musa Nimrod, Secretary Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) Kaduna State, Alhaji Abdulrazak Usman and National YSFON officer, Alhaji Abdulgafar Agboola.
The competition was organised by Kaduna State YSFON.