Akwa United FC wins 2nd FA title in 3 years

Akwa United Football Club of Uyo, established only in 1996 has regained the Nigerian Football Association (FA) Challenge Cup after beating Niger Tornadoes of Minna 3-2 in a penalty shootout at the Agege Stadium in Lagos State.

Both teams tied 0-0 at the end regulation time and had to use the penalty shootout to break the deadlock.

For the Akwa Ibom players, it was a historic moment when the CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, and some CAF Executive Committee members graced the occasion which gave them their second FA Cup following their victory in 2015 in the country’s oldest domestic competition. The 2017 contest was the 71st edition.

For winning the trophy, the club pocketed mouth-watering 25 Million Naira (US$70,323) prize money and the glittering trophy as winners as well as earned a ticket to represent Nigeria in next year’s Total CAF Confederation Cup.

It was also the 11th time the competition was decided via penalties after it began in 1945 as the Governor’s Cup. It was later known at various times as Challenge Cup and Federation Cup.

Below is the list of winners since 1990:

1990:Stationery Stores – 0-0(5-4pens) Enugu Rangers

1991: El-Kanemi Warriors – 3-2 Kano Pillars F.C. 1992: El-Kanemi- 1-0 Stationery Stores 1993: BCC Lions – 1-0 Plateau United 1994: BCC Lions – 1-0 Julius Berger FC

1995: Shooting Stars – 2-0 Katsina United 1996: Julius Berger – 1-0 Katsina United

1997: BCC Lions – 1-0 Katsina United 1998: Wikki Tourists – 0-0 Plateau United

1999: Plateau United 1-0 Iwuanyanwu

2000: Tornadoes – 1-0 Rangers 2001: Dolphins FC – 2-0 El-Kanemi

2002: Julius Berger – 3-0 Yobe Stars

2003: Lobi Stars – 2-0 Sharks FC 2004: Dolphins FC – 1-0 Enugu Rangers

2005: Enyimba – 1-1(6-5pens) Lobi Stars

2006: Dolphins FC – 2-2 (5-3pens) Bendel Insurance

2007: Dolphins FC – 1-1 (3-2pens) Enugu Rangers

2008: Ocean Boys – 2-2 (7-6pens) Gombe United

2009: Enyimba – 1-0 Sharks FC

2010: Kaduna United – 3-3 (3-2pens) Enyimba

2011: Heartland – 1-0 Enyimba 2012: Heartland – 2-1Lobi Stars

2013 Enyimba – 2-2 (5-4pens) Warri Wolves

2014: Enyimba  – 2-1Dolphins FC

2015: Akwa United – 2-1Lobi Stars

2016: FC IfeanyiUbah – 0-0 (5-4pens) Nassarawa

United 2017: Akwa United- 0-0 (3-2pens) Niger Tornadoes

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