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Super Eagles defend 7's Football League crown after intense shootout win vs Ghana

As expected, the showdown between the African sides was hard-fought.

By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG--With one minute left in regulation, even the fans of Super Eagles already thought of accepting defeat to Ghana FC in the 7's Football League final.

And then, a comeback for the ages happened.

Super Eagles successfully defended their 7's Football League title after prevailing over Ghana FC in an epic penalty shootout at the McKinley Hill Stadium on Monday night.

Ghana, which scored first on a 33rd minute goal from Sam Adams, thought it already got the victory as Isaac Annan was on pace to keep a clean sheet.

But Fidelis Nnabuife found the net in the 49th minute that eventually forced the shootout that needed 10 rounds to complete.

Initially just a three-round extension, the striking prowess of both African sides led to the shootout getting prolonged.

Then came the 10th round.

Emmanuel Donkor was tasked to challenge Abou Ibrahim to put Ghana back on top.

But Ibrahim, aware that Donkor will target the right side of the goal, quickly went towards Donkor's target spot and saved the spot kick, opening a chance for Lawrence Ikegoruka to finish it off for Super Eagles.

Ikegoruka did not disappoint as he sent the ball to the top right area of the goal, and the entire club and its fans invaded the pitch to celebrate the victory.

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