By John Kayode
The Inaugural edition for Favour Secondary School Competition has been won by Commercial Secondary School in a fiercely contested encounter between them and Ejioba Secondary School after the game had ended 2-2 in the regulation time.
Ejioba Secondary School had earlier gone up 2-0 in what would have been regarded as a concluded match before commercial secondary school found their way into the game by equalizing, balancing the deficit and making it 2-2 at the end of regulation time.
It would be recalled that the two-week tournament had commenced on Oct. 4 and ended of Oct.13 with 16 teams participating in the event.
Commercial Secondary School won the competition after beating Ejioba
11 – 10 on penalties to emerge the winner of the Inaugural edition of the competition.
Earlier, the third place match of the competition was an easy win for Command Day Secondary School after pummeling Adegbola Memorial Grammar School 4-0 to secure the third place of the competition.
The Sponsor of the Competition,Prince Favour Adesida, said his dream was to promote grassroots football development and those (players) involved in the competition.
Adesida said he noticed that the competitions involving secondary schools had reduced and decided to use the Inaugural edition to test waters and was happy with the level of participation in the tournament.
” I really appreciate what I saw here today, it is really encouraging and it showed that school sports has been neglected and we will urge government and individuals to help bring back the glamour and interests attached to this kind of events,” he said.
The Coach of the Commercial Secondary School, Femi Akinlaye commended the sponsor for giving the boys the platform and the joy to compete after training for long.
Akinlaye said he should continue the good gesture and look more on the positive side and leave the negative side to continue the competition
“I really appreciate the organisers of Favour Secondary Football Competition for reviving back the lost rivalry between secondary schools in Akure metropolis.
“I also thank Prince (Engr.) Favour Adesida for his kind gestures of bring back to the society and to the participating schools, we are all winners no schools is a loser and l am also looking forward to seeing all the schools in the next edition God’s willing,” he said.
Games Master of Ejioba High School,Samule Bello said the school management really appreciated the competition and the exposure it created for the students.
”We believe that life is all about you win some and you loose some, so we accept the fate that fell on our part now and we look forward to win the next edition,” he said.
Also, Sports Officer of Command Day Secondary School, Wale Ogundipe expressed his gratitude for the gift and award given to his students by the organisers.
“The management appreciates the Organisers for their gifts and Awards presented to our student and Captain, Hussein Daniel, this brings a great joy to us and this memory will be an indelible ink in our thoughts forever.
” At the end of the tournament, We, Command Day Secondary School Akure came third in the tournament, taking home valuable gifts in the competition.
“Once again, thanks for this opportunity and we look forward to participating in another tournament like this God willing, just as we continue to showcase our talented and vibrant stars in football to the world,” he said.