Rivers United have emerged champions of the maiden edition of the Garden City Pre-season football tournament.

Rivers United snatched the top prize after overcoming Premier league rivals, Abia Warriors of Umuahia 4-2 on penalties in the final decided at the Sharks Football Stadium in Port Harcourt.

The highly entertaining game was enjoyed by the spectators who were left at the edges of their seats for most parts of the encounter as the two regional rivals gave a good account of themselves.

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At the end of regulation time, the feisty clash failed to produce any goal and it went straight into penalties where Rivers United triumphed to lift the glittering trophy.

That the game ended goalless was not because of lack of opportunities but rather the inability of strikers on both sides to convert.

This would be a source of concern for both teams especially as the new Nigeria Professional Football League season prepares to kick off.

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