As the curtains were drawn on the second edition of the Radio Nigeria Ibadan Kids Football Challenge on Saturday, a talented boy from Ilora in the Afijio local government area of Oyo state, Obadare Muhammad stole the show by being voted the player. most valuable (MVP) of the tournament.
Obadare, who played for Ilora Community Business School, won the #10,000 prize donated by the Oyo State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) as the tournament’s most valuable player award.
The award was received by proxy from the President of Oyo SWAN, Mr. Niyi Alebiosu, at the end of the tension-packed final of the Competition, won by Brightville College Ibadan.
In the thrilling final game watched by many spectators, including Shooting Stars Sports Club President, the Honorable Babatunde Olaniyan, Brightville College went through hell before they could defeat eventual runners-up Olivet Baptist High School Oyo, who were hard-nosed. gnaw for champions. .
The Oyo City boys took on coach Kokumo Kekedo, tutored Brightville College and matched them skill for skill and tackle for tackle.
The Olivet Baptist High School goalie put the shine on Brightville College captain Akinyemi Oladimeji when he saved a penalty kick awarded to the defending champions and taken by the player affectionately named Jorginho.
Despite missing the penalty kick, Isaac Friday’s boys were undaunted, but continued to bombard their opponents’ goal area from the town of Oyo.
However, Oyo Alaafin’s boys were up to the task as they fended off their opponents’ continual attacks and launched quick counterattacks to get the best of Brightville College goaltender Olasupo Qoyum Alao.
The game was a ding dong affair, as neither side was able to get the ball into the back of the net and the game ended goalless after regulation.
In the resulting penalty shootout, the Brightville College goaltender was put to the test and did not disappoint his schoolmates who continually waved at him during the shootout.
Alao saved three of the point shots played by his opponents and gave his team a 3-2 victory over the hard-fought Olivet Baptist High School Oyo.
Brightville College’s triumph in Saturday’s final at Olubadan Stadium made the series winners back-to-back champions of the competition.
The victory for Brightville College boys doubled down on the celebration for the all-conquering high school, whose girls’ team had emerged earlier that same day as Champions of a Girls’ Six-A-Side Competition after beating Bishop Phillips Academy by three goals to one in a penalty kick. in the playground of Urban Day Grammar School on Old Ife road in Ibadan.
Earlier, in the Radio Nigeria Ibadan Children’s Football Challenge third place match, Government College Ibadan had an easy trip over Baptist Secondary School Oke Isanmi Oyo as they pummeled their opponents with five goals to take bronze.
Two of the goals were scored by Joshua Kilani, who was the head executioner for Oke Isanmi Baptist High School, Oyo and the tournament’s top scorer.
In addition to awarding trophies to the top three teams in the tournament, cash prizes were also awarded to the Competition’s top scorer, Joshua Kilani, and the Tournament’s Best Goalkeeper, Olasupo Qoyum Alao of Brightville College.
Radio Nigeria Ibadan Kids Football Challenge, which featured children between the ages of ten and thirteen, was organized by Radio Nigeria Ibadan to discover budding talent in Oyo State.
In his thank you speech, the Zonal Director of Radio Nigeria, Ibadan Zonal Station, Mr. Dominic Mokikan, represented by the Deputy Director of the Zone Marketing Department, who is also the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Competition, the Mr. Adewale Afinjuomo, thanked the participating schools for their contributions to the success. of the event.
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