Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Adewunmi Ogunsanya (left); Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher; Captain of Asegun Comprehensive High School U-15 School Team, Ajibade Kehinde and President, Nigerian School Sports Federation (NSSF), Mallam Ibrahim Muhammad during the presentation of the N2m cheque winners’ prize to the school at the Etisalat U-15 School Cup Final at the Campos Mini-Stadium, Lagos… on Saturday.
Asegun Comprehensive Secondary School, Ibadan, Oyo State, at the weekend became national champions of the third Etisalat U-15 School Cup by beating FOSLA Academy, Abuja 4-3 via penalty shoot-out.
Both teams scored two goals during the regulation time, but the Oyo proved they are better marksmen from the penalty box during the shootout that decided the final match at the Campos Mini-Stadium, Lagos on Saturday.
The sides, arguably the best teams on parade at the National Finals, had started the first half cautiously, but it was the Oyo boys that looked a better side with some efforts at goal though FOSLA grew into the game as the match dragged down.
FOSLA Academy continued from where it had left off in the first half, but was soon pegged back by the Oyo school team, which broke the deadlock through Rasheed Qudus, who had escaped from the eyes of the opposition defence to nod into the net from a free kick. The goal seemed to have stirred up the Abuja boys and their efforts paid off when Gabriel Adejoh levelled scores with a curling free kick that evaded the wall of the Oyo team. The goal brought the stadium to life as many clapped for the brilliance of the goal.
The joy was, however, short-lived as Rauf Jubril put his side ahead from a free kick. As the time wore on towards the closing five minutes, there was visible apprehension in the camp of the Abuja boys and the thousands of fans they have wooed with their brand of football. FOSLA captain and danger man, Prosper Ojukwu, however had other plans as he drew level with less than two minutes to go to send the match into penalty shoot-out.