Babajide Adewunmi – EverBlazin
The 2021 edition of the annual Egba Youth Football Championship served off in Abeokuta on Friday as the community football clubs in the Egba region of Ogun State trade tackles on the day one of the Football showpiece.
Four matches from Groups A and B were played at the Muda Lawal Stadium, Asero, Abeokuta in what was a remarkable opening ceremony of the competition.
The first match of the day saw Powerline FC take on Idera United in what was a one sided affair from the blast of the kick-off whistle.
The experience of Idera United in the competition wasn’t enough as the new comers from Obada clearly dominated the match.
Fatai Olasheu fired home a shot in front of the 18 yards box to put the new comers ahead in the 29th minute of the game, leaving Idera United in search of a goal thereafter.
But another classy finish from Christopher Obinna shortly before the break meant that Idera would need to intensify their hunt for goals in the second half.
And there came the second half. Idera United looked fresh and hungry for goals at the initial stages of second thirty five but an own goal from the team’s goalkeeper Alani Taiwo in the 41st minute killed whatever hunger they have prior to the second half.
Babatunde Lukman wrapped things up in the 53rd minute, scoring the fourth goal of the game and as well confirmed the Powerline boys as the highest scoring side on the opening day.
The second fixture was the first group B game and it was between two teams from the health and transportation sectors of Ogun State, the Traffic Compliance And Enforcement Agency (TRACE) squaring up against Sacred Heart Hospital Football Club from Lantoro, Abeokuta.
Both sides were careful in their approach; perhaps they respected themselves. And this made the first half look so drab and bereft of actions. As a result of both sides’ conservation, the first half ended goalless.
Nothing didn’t change in the second half either and the two teams continued to nullify each other. It took a moment of slip up from the defense of the traffic wardens for Dipeolu Sodeeq to break the deadlock with just eight minutes left to play.
And as expected, TRACE kept their hope of salvaging the game alive but their aerial balls and long passes were curtailed by the Sacred Heart defense. 1-nil it ended between them.
Dream Team FC and AS Success were the two other teams from group A. Their match was the third on a sunny afternoon at the Asero stadium in Abeokuta.
Before the kick-off, both sides looked very athletic and enterprising. But as always, a winner must emerge.
It was AS Success who drew the first blood through their nimble footed winger, Solomon Olamilekan, who placed a solo shot beneath the arms of Dream Team’s goalkeeper.
It didn’t stop there. The new boys continued to mount pressure on Dream Team, playing some swashbuckling football from left, right and center.
Issa Ismail added to the tally in the 42nd minute to make it 2-nil and shortly after the second goal, Dream Team had a chance to reduce the deficit when an AS Success defender committed a cynical foul on its attacker in the box.
The Referee pointed to the spot as everyone in attendance rose to see whether the first penalty of the competition will be put at the back of the net.
Unfortunately for Dream Team, the penalty was played directly into the safe hands of the goalkeeper as well as the rebound. A huge round of applause was heard from the stands for the young goalkeeper.
And so it ended between 2-nil in favour of AS Success against the Dream Team.
The final match of the day saw two sides who played the 2020 edition of the EYFC lock horns, Egba African Diocese and Mabak FC.
It was a game the church boys would definitely want to forget in a hurry after two errors gifted Mabak’s Balogun Quadri two easy goals in the game.
The first goal came few seconds after the kick-off whistle after a long ball was launched into the Egba Anglican Diocese defence; the goalkeeper somehow let it slip into the feet of Balogun Quadri who in-turn moved the ball behind him and tapped into the open net.
While the second one was scored at the 31st minute by the same player. The scoreline forced the Egba Diocese coach to make a first half substation which wasn’t enough for them to avoid defeat.
Here are the Results in Full:
Powerline FC 4 – 0 Idera United
Dream Team 0 – 2 AS Success
Trace FC 0 – Sacred Heart Hospital FC
Egba Anglican Diocese FC 0 – 2 Mabak FC
Below are the fixtures for Saturday:
MAT FC vs Winners FC
Elere Adubi FC vs TACN FC
Favour FC vs Infinity FC
Samba FC vs Surveyors FC
FASCO CUP 2021: St Thomas And Orphiel Share The Spoils
By- Adeleke Idowu
Scintillating results keeps on pouring in the ongoing Fasco Cup 2021 at Idowu Fadeyi Street Ayobo playing ground Amule Ayobo Lagos.
On Thursday in group E between St Thomas Football Club and Orphiel Football Club game started on a high note.
Both teams enlighten their tactics on a dramatic fashion with six (6) goals scored in between them ended at Full-time 3-3.
In the second game between Lead Football Club and Lion Heart Football Club.
Lion Heart scored four goals but lead was capable to reversed just one ended at full-time 1-4.
On Friday in group F Puck Football Club will take on Ashton Football Club by 1pm while E.F.M Football Club will take on Invincible Globa Football Club by 3pm.
Arrangements In Top Gear For 5th Waasinmi Summer Soccer Championship
Organizers of the prestigious Wasinmi summer soccer Championship have concluded plans to stage a bigger and better 5th edition of the event which is aimed at taking kids off the street in order to give them a means of livelihood through football.
At a press conference held at the palace of the traditional ruler in Waasinmi Community, the Oniwaasimi of Waasinmi Oba Dr. Emmanuel Babatunde Osuntogun to herald the 5th edition of the event, the convener of the youth development programme, Coach Victor Agbagu noted that registration is still in progress and confirmed that there are six categories to be competed for, the Under 10, under 13, under 15, under 17 free age and then the female category.
Coach Victor Agbagu said ” This is an annual event brought about by the interest we have seeing children on the streets of Waasinmi, in Ewekoro Local government and in Ogun State at Large playing football and then we started looking for platforms where we can showcase them”
“We thought it was pertinent to assist the kids go off the street and project their talent to the world and we came up with this idea of Waasinmi summer soccer Championship in 2017”
“And since then, we thank God that it has grown from strength to strength, this is the fifth edition. In 2017 we had just three categories, now we have six and we are even looking forward to making it better”.
The organizers, Unique Sports Management Nigeria Limited in conjunction with Segun Odegbami International College and Sports Academy through the Local organizing committee made it known that measures have been put in place to ensure an hitch free tournament before, during and after the event.
Issue of security, medicals , match venues and other side attractions were addressed and the people in charge assured of a smooth ride between Sunday, July 28 and August 15, 2021.
The Oniwaasimi of Waasinmi Oba Dr. Emmanuel Babatunde Osuntogun in his remarks assured that Waasinmi is ready to host the close to One thousand people or more that will storm the city and assured of necessary Support.
The monarch expressed satisfaction, he gave kudos to the organizers, Unique Heights Sports Management Nigeria Limited under the Leadership of coach Victor Agbagu.
The traditional ruler said “Let me cease this opportunity to congratulate and appreciate coach Victor Agbagu for sustaining this initiative, it has been a long way coming and as the leader of this Community, I’m proud and very elated.
I want to assure everyone coming around for the tournament that Waasinmi is very safe and we are looking forward to hosting everyone”.
Also present at the press conference were the representatives of the coaches and referees council, strategic chiefs of Waasinmi, other sports enthusiasts among others.
FASCO CUP 2021: Rising Stars Earn Vital Win, Fackson Held By VFS
By Adeleke Idowu
Ayobo playing ground Idowu Fadeyi has seen alot of Scintillating matches in the ongoing Fasco Cup 2021.
On Sunday in group C of Second matches played Meteorite Football Club lost on slide margin to Rising Stars Football Club.
Both team started well with a lot of chances created by Meteorite in first half but couldn’t utilize them.
The Early goal Scored by Rising Stars in first half give them the lead till Full-time ended in favour of Rising Stars 0-1.
While in the Second Match between V.F.S Football Academy and Fackson Next Pro Football Academy started on a high tempo.
Fackson give the fans good Football to watch with lot of exceptional touches scored first but due to the poor performance of their goal keeper V.F.S Football Academy equalised and Both team share the spoil at Full-time ended 1-1.
On Monday In Group D page Football Club will take on L S Football Club by 1pm while Koyo Football Club will take on Ayobo United by 3pm at the competition venue Idowu Fadeyi Street Ayobo playing ground Amule Ayobo Ipaja Lagos.
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