The long sports rivalry between St Finbarr’s college, Akoka and Anwar Ul Islam college, Agege was rekindled at the finals of the 2017 GTBankMasterCup (season 5) which held yesterday at the Onikan Stadium.
At the end of the first half, St Finbarr’s was 2 goals up with the second goal coming from the goal keeper’s error resulting from a ball slip due to the rain. At resumption from half time, the Anwar Ul Islam boys demonstrated an unsuccessful determination to cancel the 2 goal deficient. They missed a clear scoring opportunity when a net bound ball was deflected at the very last minute by the St Finbarr’s college defender. Nevertheless, mother luck spoke for the Agege boys when the referee awarded them penalty which was skillfully taken and scored. The match ended 2 -1 in favour of St Finbarr’s College.
The match was witnessed by representatives of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, the sponsors, GTBank and the members of the old students Association of both schools and their families. Among the Old students of St Finbarr’s was Patrick Doyle while former Super Eagle coach Tunde Disu and Senator Musiliu Obanikoro was there to support their Alma-matta, Anwar Ul Islam College.
In the Girls Final, Queen College, Yaba beat Ansar Ur deen College 2 – 0.
As champion, St Finbarr’s College received a 750,000.00 (Seven hundred and fifty thousand Naira) and the convert champion trophy while Anwar Ul Islam got 500,000.00 (Five Hundred thousand Naira).
asentv.tv spoke with some of the special awardees at the event. Rafiu Tijani – St Finbarr’s College, most valuable player of the match, he said: “It is not by my strength. it is God and it is by the coach and by my team. I thank God for today’s match
Meanwhile, Mr Rafiu, father of the player said; “We have to give him the support that he needs and we thank God for everything”. Responding to a question about how it started for Tijani, he further noted
“When he was about six years old. he has being making effort. We both (ie the parents) knew he has something to do with football. That is why we are giving him the moral support”
Akpan Moses – St Finbarr’s College, High Goals Scorer of the competition. He said: I don’t know how to put it but as a player i don’t lose hope. I usually play strong everyday and every-time, day and night. I usually do much training, so if I can play for the U-17 world cup team is not bad”.
Nwanchukwu Onyedika-St Finbarr’s College, Best Goal Keeper described former Super Eagles goal Keeper, Vincent Enyeama as he role model.
Meanwhile Earnest Promise – Anwar -Ul- Islam College, Tournament most valuable player when asked by asentv.tv
“Been the most valuable player, would you have preferred to win the cup rather than this?”
His reply, ” I will lust be happier if i am able to have the both.”
asentv.tv spoke with Mr Olayiwola Kamarudeen, principal Anwar Ul Islam college, who noted;
“A team has to win and a team has to lose. So no winner no vanquish. We thank the almighty God to have brought us to that level, that is final. Finals is not an easy task. Our boys tried, only that the better side won”
Also Mr Omolola Satar, a 1984 alumnus of Anwar ul Islam, said: “We have always supported our school. We never left support. Support is the only thing we can give”
To get to the finals, St Finbarr’s Collge beat Greensprings Schools in the semi’s and Anwar ul Islam College beat Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri and kings College in the semi-final and quarter-final.