GP World FA Nnewi, Saturday, emerged the winner of Anambra State maiden Super 8 football tournament organised by the State Football Association (AnSFA) and sponsored by Aspire FC, Adazi.
GP World emerged champions after defeating Konti FC Umunnachi with 4 goals to 3 in a penalty shoot out played at the Neros Stadium, Nanka.
The victory by GP World FC was however greeted with protest when the centre referee annulled the fifth penalty kick by Konti FC when the player fell before taking the kick.
The referee judged that it was an intentional act to deceive the GP World Goalkeeper or that his body touched the ball before he kicked it into the post.
The Coach of Konti FC, Damian Okoro, said his boys lost to poor officiating in spite playing very well.
Okoro said the penalty that led to the equaliser was uncalled for, he however thanked the organisers for putting up a quality and memorable football fiesta.
On his part, Johnwealth Nwebiem, coach of GP World said his boys were tactically and technically superior to their opponents.
He said Konti FC players made the game boring by falling all over the pitch after taking advantage of his team’s error because they knew they were not an equal side.
In the third place decided earlier, Mekon FC of Umunze pipped Pope John Paul FC, Okpuno 1-0 to emerge third best winners of the Super 8 tournament which started on February1 with twenty seven clubs
Super 8 tournament was organised by Anambra State Football Association and sponsored by Aspire FC, Adazi-Ani.
GP World FA are now qualified to play in the Nationalwide League and was presented with N500,000 , while Konti FC and second runner up, Mekon United FC had received N300,000 and N200,000 respectively.
In an interview , the director of Konti FC ,Mr Emeka Okonkwo commended his team for their performance, assuring that they would do their best to win the trophy next time.
Also speaking, Prince Oliver Ndigwe, the chairman of organising committee of the tournament, commended the 27 teams that participated in the tournament for decorum and spirit of sportsmanship, promising that the next edition would be better.
According to him, the Super 8 Tournament was part of “My Anambra Football’s” “Next 10” year plan to reawaken football in Anambra State.