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Argentina Beats Germany in Abuja IDPs

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Argentina Beats Germany in Abuja IDPs

Wed May 10, 2017 9:14 pm

In what could be described as a replay of the 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana in Rio, Brazil; Argentina on Saturday in Abuja exacted their revenge on Germany.

Argentina prevailed 4-3 against Germany after a penalty shootout to win an international football tournament.

Known players such as Lionel Messi and Bastian Schweinsteiger were not eligible for the rematch, however, as Saturday's tournament featured only players drawn from the Kuchingoro Internally Displaced Persons camp in Abuja and diplomats from Germany and Finland in Nigeria.

The tournament at the River Plate Turf Arena Abuja, was organized by the German Embassy in Nigeria and saw eight five-a-side teams locking horns.

While the five teams from the IDPs camp were named after English Premier League clubs, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea; the diplomats defended the shirts of Germany, Argentina and British Allen Smith International, ASI FC.

The eight teams started in two groups from which the group winners and runners up progressed to the semi-finals predictably won by the global powerhouses, Argentina and Germany.

Each game in the group and knock-out stages was played over a duration of 10 gruelling minutes and was watched by a mammoth crowd at the posh River Plate Turf Arena beside a suya spot in the Central Business District of the Nigerian capital.

German embassy football tournament for the new Kuchingoro Internally Displaced Persons, IDP and international team at the River Plate Turf Arena, Abuja.

British ASI FC and three IDP teams, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City, crashed out in the group stage.

Although Chelsea were knocked out in the semi-final, they wowed the spectators with a stunning performance by their star player, Peter Edwin, who had scored the first goal of the tournament.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201705090139.html

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