It’s exactly 72 Days until the most spectacular battle on earth takes place with 5 classes going head to head over the course of two weeks, all gruelling for the coveted glittering prize and bragging rights as undisputed Kings of the Faculty of Law.
But before the main course, comes a teaser, a little show to wet your appetite . We present to you, The first ever Prof Abiola Ojo Sports Festival: Pre Season Games.
Wednesday 30th March 2016
UNILAG Sports Centre
Time: 12 noon
Year 4 – Year 5
Year 2 – Year 3
Year 4 – Year 2
Year 1 – Year 3
Year 1 – Year 5
Fixtures for the Pre-season games….March 30th
The first 21 lines contain the broadcast that was sent on the 29th of March from one person to another from class groups to other class groups. From the contents of the broadcast, it seemed as if all aspects of the competition was well catered for but as you and I this is Nigeria you know, things don’t always go as planned. It started with the African Time syndrome.
The fixtures were released and every class was rearing to go especially year 3 and year 4 based on how last year’s LSS Games football final was ended in acrimonious circumstances, more like no victor no vanquished. Out of the five fixtures released only two fixtures have been played so far. Year 2 did not play at all as they had a crucial test on March 30 and when their match was postponed to the following week the unfortunate protest began,it would have been nice to see ID and Dominic in action.
The first match of the day was between year 4 and year 5 under the usual hot scorching sun on the first sand pitch at sports centre. Year 4 were wearing their black jerseys with a touch of green at the arms, the usual suspects for year 4 were in action like Quasim, Dormo, Seyi law, Pelumi, Macho, Cabo, Dennis, Starshow, Lanre, Pablo, and the last but not the least Tobolos who was sporting new and original boots after he promised on social media to tear every class down with goals but we all know what happened last year. They were coached by Soso.
Year 5 had usual faces like Yemi Adebo, Dara, Aloma, Deola, Joshua, Segun, Jide, Ore and the rest all wearing that light blue jerseys.They were coached by Jones who has unexpectedly hung his boots at a young age, I can attribute that to his widening waistline…Na joke o before he destroys my life with his mic.
From the look of the teams one would think that the year 4 team would rip year 5 apart but it wasn’t to be. The possession play that the year 5 have mastered after series of training and friendlies was on show as they dominated from start to finish save for a late rally by the year 4 team. Year 4 started with a keeper I didn’t recognize.
The first goal was by Joshua with Ore involved in the goal with his relentless running. Year 4 were uncoordinated as their attacks came to nothing, they were not helped by the presence of Jide’s bald head in goal which made it scarier coupled with the Yemi Adebo and Dara’s ruthless defending. Year 4 inexplicably started Macho in the centre back position until he was later moved to the midfield, even Tobolos new boots was not cooperating with him. Quasim was looking out of sorts as year 5 midfielders took no prisoners.
It was only a matter of time before the second goal by Year 5 went in courtesy of Aloma with Ore again involved. It was unfortunate he didn’t get any goal for himself as he chased and harried until he was taken off. The first half ended with Year 5 threatening and looking for more goals.
The second half began with Starshow moving in place of keeper for year 4 after he had a poor first half , Pablo was introduced in place of Dormo. The game became balanced. Quasim and Tobolos began to become more involved as it was obvious the old legs of the year 5 team were tiring. There was little attack for the year 5 team. Towards the end of the match there was glimmer of hope for year 4 after they got a penalty for an infringement by a year 5 defender on one of their players. Pablo stepped up to score the penalty beyond the reach of Jide in goal who had doing fine until now. 2-1!!! Game on, it was free for all in the box 18 of the year 5 team as the year 4 team searched for an equalizer but it was not to be as the match ended 2-1 in favor of the Year 5 team.
The second match was arguably more anticipated match of the afternoon as it started almost immediately. The exciting year 1 team against the team of last year’s Lss games year 3 team. The year 1 team had players such as Ugbah (that wonderful goalie), Apilaka peace, Damola (the no nonsense defender), Omio (the blonde-hair boy), clinical Semilore who got their only goal, the talented Ayo( the guy with the June 12 jersey). They were all in Red tops, some of them played barefoot as expected based they are still new, they were even a few fans for them especially that beautiful girl in blue Polo shirt ( don’t mind me a bit distracted).
The year 3 team arguably the most talented team in the faculty fielded Ivan in goal( the best) Giwa, Lanre , Tochukwu( that guy is a solid defender can only get better, I heard he’s been training with school team I pity his GP), EA Gbaye,, Vharlo, Russell, Mikolo( Ferrari),Kola, Kay (best no 10 in faculty), Timi ( Mr Skillful who debuted his new and original limited Cr7 boots). They all dressed in their blue and red strips jersey coached by Jerry.
The year three team started the match in an exciting fashion and got an early goal around the 10th minute mark courtesy Timi (who promised the class 16 goals) after some good work down the wing by Russell.
The year 3 felt pompous and continued dominating the game save for a few chances by the Year 1 team that was well handled by the defenders of the Year 3 team, they even a chance that Ivan had to save at his near post. Someone who is reading would think that the first half would have ended with a wider score line based on the David versus Goliath fixture but it ended 1-0 in the first half in favor of the seniors.
The second half began and the year three continued where they stopped. Darlington( last year top scorer) was introduced into the action with Mikolo going off, Ekene came on for EA Gbaye with Mayowa( next rated artiste in UNILAG) coming on for Kola and Papii j coming on for Timi.
It must have been too easy for the year three boys with the flurry of changes they made. Three good chances were laid on for Darlington but he unexpectedly wasted them with the Ugbah pulling off some fantastic saves. There was even a mix up by Russell and Mayowa as they both had a clear shot at goal but fluffed their lines. Kay at times was playing to the gallery with some juggling of the ball.
As the weather became hotter the year three team began to wear out as most of them started asking the sports secretary for sachet water even while the match was going on.I guess it was one of the reasons they conceded and regretted their costly misses because fifteen minutes to the end of the match the Freshers took the game by the scruff of the neck with waves upon waves of attack led chiefly by Ayo and Omio as the midfielders of Year Three couldn’t handle them no more. A quick exchange of passes between Omio and Ayo who slid the ball into the path of Semilore to shoot the ball cleanly into the net. 1-1 an upset on the cards.
Ayo continued to threaten with his silky skills all over the pitch. There was a final chance for the Freshers after Ayo had played through a striker that was brought in but he placed his shot wide of the post. The match ended in a 1-1 draw in what was seen as an upset.
All in all a nice idea of the competition but can be improved next year especially in the welfare of the players (as regards sachet water) because some players could have fainted under that sun and timing of the matches. Since there is little probability of the competition completed, I guess the year 5 team will have bragging rights based on their victory. Anyways, I heard the competition was just as preparation and for seeding from our hardworking sports secretary.
It’s exactly 49 days to the LSS Games counting from the day the broadcast was sent, I am hoping it will be better organized than last year,We can’t wait…Adios.
Tochukwu Anosike is a member of the law class of “18, who loves and follows sports. If he were not studying law, he may have been playing for his favorite club, Crystal Palace :). You can connect with him on Instagram @carlsyke.