Diamond Football Academy on Saturday,27th February,2021 thrashed visiting Papilo FC 3-1 in a thrilling encounter at the Diamond home ground,Lodu Ndume,Ibeku,Umuahia,Abia State.
Stanley Ekwugha who scored a brace ,gave Diamond the lead in the 27th minutes of the game with an assist from Christian Nwachukwu.
His second goal came in the 37th minutes with a beautiful finish from Ekeoma Ebuka’s assist.
The visitors took possession of the game in the second half as they got one goal back to keep hopes alive .
The super sub Mohammed Ibrahim who came on in the 54th minutes of the game, brought life to the diamond attack, putting pressure on the Papilo boys from the left wing.
Mohammed scored the third goal in 84th minutes with a stunning freekick.
The President of Papilo FC and Former Nigerian Super Eagles Striker, Kalu Nwankwo who spoke after the match, expressed excitement at the skills displayed by Diamond football Academy players. He urged them to be disciplined, adding that football is a serious business and therefore must not deal with frivolities in the pursuit of their careers .
He further stated that football development must be taken serious in the country, stressing that an ambitious footballer must stay away from negative influences and behaviors that will hinder his progress.
The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Gold medalist and former Arsenal forward ,commended the President of Diamond football Academy,Martin Apugo for coming to the rescue of some talented players who rose from the ranks and tutelage of Diamond Football Academy,like Kelechi Nwakali who now ply his trade at Spanish Laliga side Huesca and Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal as they are now very important personalities in the society because of football.