Dino SC from Abeokuta, Ogun State, emerged champions of the Lagos Supremacy Cup in a thrilling final showdown at the FIFA legacy pitch of National Stadium Surulere.
The newly crowned champions emerged victorious after defeating Mavlon 4-3 on penalties, following a goalless draw during the regulation time.
In the semifinal earlier on the same day, Dino SC faced the challenge of former champions, 36 Lion, and triumphed once again in a penalty shootout, winning 5-3 after a 1-1 draw in regular time.
The final match was a fierce battle between Dino SC and Mavlon, with both teams showcasing their football artistry and creating numerous opportunities.
Despite several close calls, neither side managed to break the deadlock during the regulation time, ultimately leading to the dramatic penalty shootout that determined the fate of the cup.
Godwin Gibson Zakka, the coach of Dino SC, expressed his pride in the team’s performance and determination throughout the tournament.
He commended his players for their commitment and resilience, especially highlighting their semi-final victory against 36 Lion.
“Our tactics worked for us, and we deserved to be crowned as new champions,” Coach Zakka stated.
Columbia Omamofe Samuel, the Chief Executive Officer of Dino SC, thanked the team for their well-deserved victory. He acknowledged the initial setback against Mavlon in the group opening match but emphasized the team’s ability to rise to the occasion and prove their strength.
Samuel expressed gratitude to the coaching staff and players for their commitment and assured continued support from the management in future engagements.
“We came, saw and conquered.I am happy that we achieved our target.Alhough we lost to Mavlon in our group opening match when we were not settled down.After the defeat, we were able to rise to the occasion and show football fans we are formidable team.
“I thank the coaching crew, players for their commitment and the management would continue to support the team in subsequent engagements,”he said.
Mavlon’s coach, Abdulraham Kayode Sulaiman, displayed sportsmanship in defeat, acknowledging the unpredictable nature of penalty shootouts.
“We were unlucky at the penalty shootout. My boys did well, but the better side won the game,” Sulaiman said.
He also appreciated the tournament organizers for providing a platform that exposed his players to valuable experiences.
Tournament Coordinator, Liameed Olawale Gafar, extended his thanks to all participants for their commitment and support, making this year’s edition a memorable success.
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