The final of the 4th edition of the Soulmate Champions League football competition has come to an end with winners emerging in a reuniting mood .
The Event which took place on Saturday 19th October 2019 at Dairy Farm School Complex in Agege afforded staffs of Soulmate Industries an opportunity to share sensational sporty moments in the game of football.
In the male category final Uche FC thrashed Arukwe United by 2-0 to become champions in the 2019 edition.
The victory also means Uche FC have won the prestigious Soulmate trophy for the second time in three years. The first being in 2017 when the official first edition was held and they emerged champions.
It was Ifeanyi Okolie free-kick from the edge of the side that ended the goal drought. Before Benjamin Igboalie header sealed from a corner kick sealed the victory for Uche FC.
Arukwe FC created scoring chances, but failed to convert those opportunities to goals.
In the third place match, Obrien FC defeated George FC by 1-0. The goal came after a goal-drought first-half that saw both sides gasp for goals.
But it was Moses Ediomo strike inside the six-yard box in the second half that made the difference. Making Ediomo the first player to score during regular time. The last third place match last year ended in a penalty.
In the female final, it all started with strong predictions prior to the final match as managers of Ngozi Babes and Ijeoma Babes boasted loud of victory ahead of the clash.
While Ngozi Odozor manager of Ngozi Babes predicted a 3-1 victory for her side, Ijeoma Sabo was optimistic that a 2-1 win will give her side the deserved victory.
However, the only goal of the match came from penalty spot-kick, where a defender of Ijeoma Babes betrayed her team and held the ball with her hand inside the 18-yard-box and the centre referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Agnes Iwu’s first kick was ruled out by the referee even though the goal keeper saved the ball, leading to controversy before relay was taken and the captain finally buried the ball inside the net.
The victory means Ngozi Babes are the first team to win the prestigious trophy back-to-back, having won the immediate title in 2018.
QUOTABLE QUOTES- What they said
“what is important here is the spirit of Sportmanship, we are still friends irrespective of our side emerging victorious. I am also happy that we are winning the trophy for the second time in a row, its an honour”-Ngozi Odozor the Team Manager of Ngozi Babes, commenting after her sides 1-0 victory over Ijeoma Babes in the final
“Its so amazing scoring the winning goal for my side. I felt so sad initially when I lost the first kick before the referee ruled it out and ordered a replay. I had to take my time the second time and hit the ball harder, it was great. I feel happy”. –Agnes Iwu, goal scorer for Ngozi Babes commenting after her sides victory in the female final
“I feel so great scoring my team’s only goal that eventually gave us victory in the third place match. It is the first time a goal will be scored in the regulation time of the third place match, the last time ended in a penalty but I have broken that jinx. I am looking forward to next edition in 2020 when I will score in the final to help my side lift the trophy”Moses Ediomo comments after scoring his sides winning goal in the third place match