Akwa United are 2016 Charity Cup champions
Akwa United emerged winners of the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League Charity Cup following a 4-3 penalty shoot out victory against the league champions Enyimba on Wednesday.
The 10-man reigning Federation Cup champions forced the People’s Elephants to penalty after a barren draw at full time at the National Stadium in Abuja.
Enyimba were expectedly favoured to avenge their Super Four tournament final day defeat to the Promise Keepers but the fast improving Uyo side stayed resolute to shine.
After a goalless first half with both sides sharing possession, Akwa United were reduced to 10 men as Yusuf Adio was sent off in the 65th minute.
However, Paul Aigbogun’s men failed to take advantage of the one-man less Maurice Cooreman’s side as they failed to find a breakthrough in the regulation time, forcing the game into penalties.