21st October, 2010
Football fans who came to Campos Square Sport Centre, Lagos Island, Nigeria to watchÂ a match between Almighty FC and New Camp Football team were disappointed after theÂ Chairman of Lagos Island, Wasiu Eshilokun failed to show up during the final of theÂ tourney named after him.
P.M.Sport eavesdropped the fansâ€™ disappointment when some spectators were complainingÂ about the attitude of the council boss towards the competition.
Some of them blamed the organisers for stagging the competition in his name.
â€œEshilokun does not likeÂ the youths of the Island because this competition wasÂ organised on his behalf and he failed to show up. This is not good for his image onÂ the Island,â€ chorused some of the disappointed fans on Lagos Island.
Despite the absence of the Council Boss, the final ceremony lived up to expectationsÂ as Almighty FC defeated New Camp 4-2 in a pulsating final watched byÂ hundreds ofÂ football fans.
Jimoh Eletu netted New Campâ€™s opening goal barely five minutes into the match, butÂ Dimeji Hassan of Almighty replied with an equaliser few minutes later.
Akeem Adeleke again shot New camp into the lead with a die minute goal before theÂ break.
Almighty equalised again through Saheed Ayinde while Azeez Adewuyi and Hassan sealedÂ victory for them with two second half goals.
Almighty Coach,Aliu Babatunde who was excited about the victory said the game wasÂ tough but expressed gratitude to God that his team achieved the desired result.
He promised to defend the title in the next edition.
â€œIt was a hard victory for us.We were focused even after they scored first, but weÂ took our advantage in the second half to score two quick goals, that won the matchÂ for us,â€ he said.
New Camp Coach, Batula Abdul admitted that their opponents were too strong for hisÂ team to handle, saying that they will do better in the next edition.
The Chairman, Organising Committee, Sakiru Aromire however apologised on behalf ofÂ Eshinlokun.
He defended the council boss, saying he went for a crucial assignment, which did notÂ allow him to grace the final ceremony.
â€œThere is no way we can postpone the final again because the council boss gave usÂ the date to stage the final. We thought he would be available,â€ said Aromire, whoÂ urged the fans to support the council boss in his administration.