*Nation’s creme la creme storm Oshogbo for event
Olorunda Local Government FC of Oshogbo, have emerged winners of the second edition of the Ogunjobi Golden Cup after beating Yaa Jamiu Isibo FC of Ede 2-0.
Two second half goals was what the new kings needed to beat their foe in a thrilling epic final that was staged Saturday evening at the Oshogbo Township Stadium.
The grassroots championship sponsored by former Secretary General of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, lived up to its media hype as the grand finale had some top brass of the country’s football family in attendance among who are Vice President Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, Chairman NFF Referees Appointment Committee and member CAF Technical Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh (Sardauna Kwallow), NFF Executive Committee member and Chairman Kano Football Association, Alhaji Rabiu Inuwa Ahlan, Chairman Nationwide League One, Chairman Nasarawa Football Association and NFF Executive member, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, Chairman Borno Football Association and NFF Executive member, Babagana Kalli, and Chairman Adamawa Football Association and NFF Executive Member, Alhaji Musa Duhu.
Others include Chairman Oyo FA, Chief James Oyeniran, Chairman Kogi FA, Isah Umar Suleiman, Chairman Taraba FA Timothy Magaji, Chairman Kaduna FA, Shariff Abdullah, President Players Union Dahiru Saidi, CEO Nationwide League One, Alhaji Ahmad Kawu, NFF Psychologist Dr. Robinson Okosun, General Manager Phoenix ASC, Bayo Olanlege, member NFF Match Commissioner’s Appointment Committee, Manzo Mohammed, Honourable Akin Akinboboola, Prince Dapo Ajibade, among others.
Yaa Jamiu who got the game going in the 6th minute enjoyed a better ball possession in the half, almost hit the target, but the effort went wide.
Olorunda, responded four minutes later, but their striker who should have put the ball behind the goal was naive with his effort. The first half ended goalless, despite both teams pressing for the opening goal of the game. Olorunda came out smoking in the second half, making amends to their mistakes and poor defending by keeping to ball possession and been clinical at goal.
Their own half chance came when Oladoye Idowu sublime shot from 25yards hit the top right of the woodwork and to the ground. The referee Olawale Olaleke, who was spot on and not needing Video Line Technology, ruled the effort as no goal, as the ball didn’t cross the line.
Olorunda’s hardworking then paid off with less than a quarter to end the game as Oladoye long range strike had the Yaa Jamiu goalkeeper spilling the ball into his own goal as he tried to force a save.
As the fourth official informed of two minutes extra time after the clock had signalled 90 minutes, Oyeniyi Farouk then put the icing on the cake for Olorunda FC scoring his team’s second and his fifth goal of the tourney, scoring from easy tap in after a beautiful exchange of counter attacking passing.
Farouk then capped the evening with the winner’s medal and the golden shoe for his superb goal scoring form. Imonioro Peter of Yaa Jamiu Isibo was voted the Most Valuable Player.
Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi has been one of the nation’s prolific football administrators and promoter of grassroots football. Guests who attended the event had great words of commendation to Chief Ogunjobi.