Rivers State wins Neymar Junior Five a side


Port Harcourt based side, De Rock FC on Saturday in Lagos emerged winners of the Neymar Junior Five a side football tournament.

De Rock, who won the regional qualifiers in Port Harcourt in March, beating seventy five other contestants arrived in Lagos as underdogs but returned to Port Harcourt with the trophy.

In the final game against Victorious FC, full time ended 1-1 and in the one on one playoffs, captain of the side, Francis Madu scored the golden goal to hand victory to De Rock.

With this win, De Rock FC will represent Nigerian in Sao Paolo, Brazil for the world finals of the Neymar Five a side.

Coach of the side, Chris Fiseh told the press after the victory that they were thankful to have emerged victorious.

“We are thankful we won. Lagos was a difficult task but we believed we could win and had the right motivation. We had failed last time out in Lagos but we told ourselves we had to learn from our past mistakes in this one,” Fiseh said.

He said their composure was one factor that helped them win.

“We were very composed and that was one weapon we had in the tournament. We were very relaxed and had no pressure. We believed in ball possession because once you posses the ball you had control of the game and that was our plan all through.

“We also know that winning in Brazil will be difficult but we are not going to Brazil to be tourists. We know we can win there and want to make Nigeria proud.”

Christian Fiseh dedicated De Rocks’s win to the governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Wike as they celebrate their 50th anniversary.

“We dedicate this to the governor as the state celebrates fifty years. He has done a lot for the state and we want to present this trophy to him as part of his achievements in office and as a Rivers at fifty gift,” the coach said.

Aside from winning the tournament in Lagos and a trip to Brazil for the world finals, De Rock FC’s striker, Amie Elisha emerged as highest goal scorer of the tournament with eight goals and will join NPFL side, ABS FC on trials after return from Brazil.

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