9th December, 2010
Many grassroots football competitions took place in the second quarter of this yearÂ but Boska Cup and Olohunwa Cup had the largest entries as far as footballÂ championship was concerned in Lagos State.
About 128 clubs in Lagos State registered for this year Boska Cup played across theÂ four centres in the state. The centres are Police College, Ikeja, Ikeja CantomentÂ and Astro Turf Football pitch of National Stadium.
The competition, which was successfully organised by Lagos Divisonal FootballÂ Association headed by Dotun Coker, attracted media publicity and large spectators inÂ all centres.
Many clubs who participated in the championship abandoned some football competitionsÂ to play Boska Cup not because of anything but the way the competition was organisedÂ over the years motivated some club owners to show interest in the two-month event.
Many club owners who featured in the competition had valued for their money asÂ sponsor, Orange Drug Limited, sole marketer of Boska products in Nigeria, dished outÂ Boska Paracetamol, biro, T-Shirt and packs of Table Water to all the participantsÂ and other stakeholders to add glamour to the tournament.
The eight teams that qualified for the quarter final was kitted by the sponsor. AllÂ the quarter final matches were played at the Astro turf football pitch, NationalÂ Stadium.
The standard and officating of the competition was high as participating clubs gaveÂ a good account of themselves throughout the encounter. The defending champions, JahÂ United, who were favourites ofÂ the tournament based on their previous performancesÂ in the competition were sent parking after they lost 1-2 to Labro Football club ofÂ Agege in the round of 32.
In the final of the competition, it was Mountain of Fire Football team of Yaba MFMÂ that stole the show as they defeated Lub Bak of Yaba 7-6 on penalty after one goal aÂ piece in the pulsating encounter watched by a large crowd.
Lub Bak Team Manager, Lookman Bakare, who was sad about his team defeat, said bothÂ teams played good football but the better side won.
â€œIt was painful .We were in the final to lift the cup but my players were not theirÂ best in the penalty shootout. I congratulated MFM for their performance. They wereÂ focused throughout the encounter and got it at the end of the day,â€ he said
Another grassroots football competition that was given thumb up in the secondÂ quarter of this year was the U-15 Olohunwa Soccer Championship. When the competitionÂ was about to start many critics believed that the Afo Football Association headed byÂ Afolabi Onanaike could not host the competition successfully, but they were provenÂ wrong.
The two-month championship sponsored by Chairman National Union Roads TransportsÂ Workers Lagos Chapter, NURTW, Alhaji Akani Olohunwa, attracted 86 NURTW branches inÂ the state that participated in the championship. All the matches were played at theÂ Campos Sports Centre.
The final between Surulere and Oshodi Branches football teams attracted a largeÂ crowd at the sports centre. Both the Cup donor, Alhaji Olohunwa and Alhaji MusiliuÂ Ayinde Akinsanya, popularly known as Olu Omo, controlled Surulere and OshodiÂ Branches respectively
The final encounter could not end at the regulation time as both teams played oneÂ all draw in the regulation time before Oshodi won the penalty shootout 13 -12 toÂ emerge the winner ofÂ the tournanment this year.