29th September, 2010
Sports spectators at the Oshodi Sports Complex were in a frenzy when Ancelotti of OshodiÂ and Bawala of Alimosho took the centre stage in a ram charging tournament tagged The BestÂ of Season by the Ram Sports Promoter Association.
Bawala, which was paired in Group B and weighs above 80 kilogram, was widely tipped asÂ the champion in the group based on its performance in a bout tagged Special Fight, whereÂ the ram made its mark as a good fighter.
For Ancelotti, a ram named after the Coach of Chelsea F.C, it was an underdog followingÂ its unknown records, but the Gladiator proved itself right as it thrilled teemingÂ spectators to an exciting competition. It won the closely contested bout with 41-40Â points.
The bout, which almost resorted in a brawl among the owners and spectators following theÂ declaration of Ancelloti as the winner, was later resolved after the association calledÂ the rams for a rematch.
Both rams were issued three yellow cards for failing to fight and in annoyance, the ownerÂ and supporter of Bawala left the complex, while the marshals confirmed Ancelotti theÂ winner of the fight.
The owner of Ancelloti, Morenikeji Yusuf, confirmed that the rams have really made himÂ happy for wining a major fight in the history of ram charging under the Ram SportsÂ Promoter Association.
Yusuf said the ram receives regular medical treatment to keep it in good form ahead of aÂ major tournament.
But with the plans to sell the ram for N350,000,Â the hope that Ancelotti would featureÂ in the next year’s National Championship, where stronger rams would compete, is dashed.
However, the patron of Sagamu Chapter of Ram Owner, Alhaji Owolabi Akinsanya, has calledÂ on corporate bodies to assist the association to develop the sport. He believed theÂ association has done a lot to bring the sport to reckoning but need more support from theÂ corporate bodies.
Akinsanya, who brought nine rams to compete in the tournament, said the gesture wouldÂ help other affiliated bodies in South West and other zones to give their best.
Alhaji Olayinka Owoduni, the owner of a ram named Lagata, shared the opinion ofÂ Akinsanya. He said it is necessary toÂ woo corporate bodies to assist the association toÂ take the sport to the next level.