J 14 Football Club of Kuje on Wednesday defeated AS Roma Academy of Abuja 1-0 in the first match of the round one phase of the ongoing 2022 FCT FA Cup Competition.
The Cup competition kicked off at the Area 3 Football Pitch in Abuja, with the round one phase in a knockout format.
J 14 FC scored in the 69th minute through Japheth Joel to secure a place in the round of 16 of the ongoing competition.
Speaking after the match, Folarin Adebule, the Coach of AS Roma Academy, said his team played well, being their first appearance outside the Academy.
“We are trying to groom the boys together about playing football matches outside the academy in Abuja competition.
“Now we are out of the competition, but we have gained more experience ahead of next year. We will be more prepared and better to play and advance in the next competition,” he said.
Reacting to his team’s victory, Chijioke Mclekee, Coach of J 14 FC, said the match was fair, but questioned why the second goal they scored was disqualified.
“To me, it was a clean goal, but the centre referee was forced to change the decision. Apart from that, the officiating was good.
“My team played well, but we need to work harder in our round of 16 match.
“I believe it will be a tough match and not as easy as this one was. But we are well prepared for that.
“The fact that we missed a lot of chances against AS Roma Academy shows that we have to go back to the drawing board to avoid such in the next game.
“FA Cup is a knockout event and there is no second chance.
“It means you are not expected to miss scoring chances because it may come back to hurt you,” he said.
The competition which started on Wednesday is expected to end on May 25.
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