2017 Oyo State Speaker’s Football Competition : Unassuming Eruwa Team narrowly defeated Kisi Team.      – meet slippery Debby FC of Ogbomoso at the Final

It was a splendid moment for Ibarapa East Football Club of Eruwa players at Lekan Salami Stadium Adamasingba Ibadan when they narrowly got to the final level of the Oyo State Speaker’s Football Cup competition for the year 2017. They defeated Golden Lion Football Club of Kisi by a lone goal.
Above: Golden Lion FC. of Kisi player in Yellow struggling with two players of Ibarapa FC of Eruwa, during the semifinal match at Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.

Both teams came in strongly into that match with remarkable determination. They both had beautiful chances but at the 23 minutes of the game there was a terrible defensive error between the goal keeper and a defender of Golden Lion F.C. which gave Ibarapa East F.C. an edge which they glowingly seized to convert to a goal. Thereafter, all efforts made by both teams to get more goals were not crowned. At the blow of the final whistle Ibarapa East F.C. of Eruwa emerged through to the final stage of the competition.
Above: Itesiwaju Rangers FC. of Out goalkeeper saving a penalty kick shootout from Debby FC. of Ogbomoso at Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan after a draw during the semifinal match of Oyo State Speaker’s Football Competition.

    The all-conquering Ibarapa East F.C. of Eruwa will challenge lucky Debby F.C. of Ogbomosho at the Final stage of the competition because Debby F.C. defeated Itesiwaju Rangers of Out by 6 goals to 3 through penalty shootout after a 1 -1 draw at regulation time. At the end of the match, a protest was raised against Debby F.C. of Ogbomoso for using allegedly ineligible players named Oyetunji Mayowa and Adekunle Habib. The protesters alleged that Mayowa had played for Atiba United Football Club of Oyo in 2013 during Nigeria Nationwide Football League Season and that as for Adekunle Habeeb, they alleged that he had played for Vela Football Club of Oyo in 2012 Nigeria Nationwide Football League season which is contrary to the 1st Rule for the 2017 Oyo State Speaker’s Cup which says: “The competition is open to all

players who had not played in any of the Nigerian Football Federation Leagues (Federation Cup Excluded).”

An interview by the Public Times with the Secretary Oyo State Football Association, Mr. Kehinde Ojelowo confirmed the story. He assure that Oyo State Football Association will look into the allegations and further stated that the Association will find out the genuineness of these allegations. Sitting to investigate the genuineness of the allegations will hold on Monday, 27th November 2017. The State Football Association also assured that necessary steps will be taken to ensure justice, soonest.

The date for the final match is yet to be fixed.

By Ademola Oladele

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