Owo Pillars win ODSFA chairman’s Cup

Owo Pillars win ODSFA chairman’s Cup

By Femi Atolagbe
Owo pillars Football Club defeated Akoko United with a lone goal to lift the Otunba Tajudeen Akinyemi tagged ODSFA Chairman’s Cup.

The enthralling grand finale between the two sides was power packed to the admiration of the spectators at the Akure township Stadium, as both teams displayed their football artistries.

The fans of the clubs were  seen hailing and cheering up their teams  to victory.

The first half of the game ended in a barren draw as both team couldn’t find the back of the net.

At the start of the second half, Owo pillars dominated the game by mounting pressure on their opponent.

The pressure resulted in the decisive goal as Paul Akinola gave Owo pillars the lone goal that separated the winner from the loser in the 81 minutes of the encounter .

Efforts from the Akoko United to get an equaliser and force the game to penalty shootout were well curtailed by the well coordinated  Owo Pillars back four.

The score line remained 1- 0 in favour of Owo Pillars at the end of the 90 minutes .

ODSFA Chairman, Otunba Tajudeen Akinyemi during an interview with the newsmen said his agency will continue to dig deep into the grassroots to discover raw  talents that will do the state proud in future.

The Sunshine President said, Sports, especially football is a very veritable tool to engage our youths.

Added that if we can invest in sports generally, we will reduce the high level of unemployment in the country and thus reduce the high level of social vices among the youths.

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He said,”an idle hands is a devil workshop, once we engage them through football or any other sporting activities their mind will be zero from any evil doing, they will be useful to themselves and also to the society at large”.

The Chairman of (Kunle Tuface Football Promotion) Comrade Oluwatope Ayokunle, said his organisation will continue to intensify more efforts to organise more grassroots football competition in the state.

He added that their aim was to ensure that the talents abound in the state did not waste away.

According to him “the likes of Rashidi Yekini, Oladimeji Lawal , Nduka Ugbade, Finidi George  and host of others were all products of grassroots football and their set remain the  best thing to have happened to the country’s football.

We are not going to be one sided, we have successfully organised Easter Football Competition, at the vein preparations are on top gear towards organising Ramadan Cup in the State to the delight of all football lover with in and outside the Akure Metropolis”.

Individuals Awards were later presented to some outstanding players in the tournament, Ibrahim Hassan won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the competition, Ogunkoya Paul went home with the highest goal scorer prize while Cyprian Oliya and Coach Niyi olaleye won best goal keeper and best Coach award respectively.

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