HOS GAMES: LASU Bags Fair Play Award Trophy
As team admin & team academic settle for a 1-1 draw in "GAME ON" football challenge*
As the Curtain drew on the 16th edition of the Lagos State Government Head of Service (HOS) Games 2022, on Tuesday, 13th December, 2022, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos, Lagos State University(LASU) was one of the biggest winners, as it was awarded the “Fair Play” trophy, football (Male) category.
The final game, football was between Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) team and the Judiciary, which the LASUTH side won by 4-2 via penalty shootout.
During the presentation of medals, the Head of Service, Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, presented the fair play award trophy to the Acting Director, LASU Sports Centre, Mr Idowu Owoyemi, who represented the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni, at the ceremony.
In a chat with CIPPR, Mr Owoyemi described the award as heart warming for the University. He wished the team better outing, next year.
Recall that, the LASU Staff football team took part in the competition, this year, for the very first time and reached the last 8, quarter final stage, out of about 64 ministries, agencies, institutions and parastatals under Lagos State Government that took part.
The LASU team lost to the eventual winner, LASUTH in the quarter, playing under protest that LASUTH used ineligible players, but, the organisers threw out the protest.
The fair play trophy is always awarded to the best behaved and well composed team, that comported itself, even, in the face of challenges, obstacles and bad officiating during the competition.
Meanwhile, back home at LASU, the much talked about “Game on” football challenge, between Team Admin and Team Academic ended on a stalemate. At the end of proceedings, both sides settled for 1-1 scoreline at the Sports Centre, main campus, Ojo, Lagos on Thursday, 15th December, 2022.
The match started on a pacy note, with team academic taking the battle to their opponent. It was not too long they got the curtain raiser, 4 minutes into the game.
Left winger, Adande, who is known for his blistering dribbling runs, mesmerised his opponent and ran down the left flank, before finding striker, Olawale Olaniyi, who finished by tapping the ball into the net.
With defeat imminent for Team Admin, they quickly put their acts together, tightening the midfield play and moving forward to get the equaliser.
The strong play in the midfield, soon, yielded result as Team Admin got the much needed equaliser as captain of the side, Gbadegesin won the ball in the midfield, putting a pass to Wale Amodu and the midfielder found top striker, Alan Pasu upfront, who blasted the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Isreal to restore parity.
At least, Team Admin, would have scored more goals before the half time, but, anxiety in front of the goal was their greatest undoing. The goalkeeper, too showed made some saves.
Just before half time, Ganiu Akinola made an attempt to increase his side’s goals, after getting away from his marker, but, his curling shot about 30 metres hit the upright and a relief for the opponents.
The scoreline at half time read 1-1.
On resumption of play, after the break, both sides made some changes. The changes didn’t make so much impact as both sides tried to find more goals, with few chances coming to both sides, still, no goals to alter the result.
Captain Fatai Abiodun of Team Admin got a chance to get the winner, but, his free kick outside box 18 was well read and saved by the goalkeeper.
The match ended 1-1 at the end of the final whistle.
The organiser of the match, Gbadegesin Olanrewaju Daud, while appearing on Sports Banter, LASU 95.7 fm, Friday, 16th December, 2022, thanked all that came out to play, saying it was only a friendly match and nothing at stake, than playing for pride. He described the match as a great one.
He hinted that God should spare our lives, adding that the football challenge between both sides to usher in year 2023 was already in the pipeline. He wished the players best of the coming new year.