Feast of soccer thrills in Frank Peters Cup first round games in Ijebu Ode

By Daily Sports on November 10, 2016

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Nigeria’s biggest grassroots soccer competition, Frank Peters Cup, which is taking place in Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, has reached the conclusion of the first round of matches for the first batch of teams.

All the matches are taking place at the Otumba Dipo Dina Stadium complex in Ijebu Ode. It is a stadium that the Ijebu people hold with pride and regret at the same time.

The massive land that it sits in is one of the biggest housing a stadium in Nigeria. The two training artificial pitches are lush green, the main bowl is a gigantic edifice and the stadium hostels are neat and tidy.

But look further and signs of neglect are stark. The swimming pool section is uncompleted, while the lawn tennis court is abandoned.

The good football on display in the Frank Peters Cup though is a sweet part of being in Ijebu Ode at the moment. Great artistry has been on display as under 19 academy teams drawn from all over the country battle for the 1.5m naira cash prize at stake and a place in Durban, South Africa in the forthcoming international competition.

Dominion Pacers of Ijebu Ode have looked particularly impressive with two wins in their first two games.

Edo champions Benin Warriors meanwhile are fighting for their lives as they lost their first game 1-3 against Ijebu United and bounced back with a 3-1 win against Leo FC of Oyo State.

The Warriors have their third game of the competition against Lagos side Islanders on Friday in a must0win fixture for them given that the Islanders already have 4 points in their kitty.

The major highlight of the tournament has been the many beautiful goals recorded so far by daredevil attackers. From long range screamers, to lovely lobs and rounding up of ’keepers, goals have flown aplenty.

Meanwhile, the organisation of the tournament has been commended by the many clubs in participation as the accommodation facilities and officiating have been above par.

The only snags of the players and coaches stay in camp have been the almost non-existent power electricity supply and non-flowing water taps which have ensured that phones have been mostly off and players and officials have to scramble for few available borehole water.

Below is the scorers chart of the competition.


Riliwan 4 Ijebu United

Aifuwa Solomon 4 Benin Warriors

Golden 3 Sao Paulo

Gbenga 3 Agbana

Abeg 3 CCS

Abdulsalam 3 Lagos Island

Victor 2 Ambassador

Sheriff 2 DRV

Sadiq 2 Three Pillars

Samuel 2 Synergy

Akano 2 Agbana

Wale 2 Eleven

Offor 2 PAT

Adeniji 2 JDoppy

Fadairo 1 "

Dare 1 "

Salau 1 "

Idris 1 Leo

Abuba 1 Inspire

Innocent 1 Pat

Freeman 1 Dominion

Olalekan 1 "

Ifeanyi 1 Ambassador

Shehu 1 DRV

Victor 1 "

Kehinde 1 Three Pillars

Samson 1 Golden boys

Uro 1 Iwere

Bawo 1 "

Afolabi 1 11 FC

Joseph 1 "

Monday 1 Bobbies

Kingsley 1 CCS

Simon 1 "

Julius 1 Tornadoes

Akin 1 Pat FC

Clement 1 Dominion p

Joseph 1 "

Sylvester 1 "

Onyido 1 Omoh Fc

Aderemi 1 JDoppy

Lasisi 1 Excel FC

Source Daily Sports

Posted November 10, 2016

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