The 2018 WGB/Lagos FA Cup kicked-off on Tuesday inside the mainbowl of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos with the Rooky matches.
In the first match of the day, Ighalo Football Academy defeated Regal Football Club by 5 goals to 2. While, Eco Football club and Alex Transfiguration Football ended 3 goals apiece, Eco FC however won the resultant penalty shootout by 7-6 to qualify for the next round.
Speaking with Awijare News, Dotun Coker, the Chairman Technical Committee of the Lagos State FA expressed delight with the attitude of the clubs and the standard of play.
He stated that with the standard of play displayed by the clubs, the future of the game is very bright, urging the clubs to maintain the discipline so far displayed.
He revealed that with what he saw so far displayed, the competition is very open for any team to win.
Meanwhile, Williams Obande of Alex Transfiguration Football Academy, who scored a hatrick during their match expressed joy and sadness over the match.
“I am very happy scoring hatrick and keeping my team in the match, but felt very sad eventually losing the match making it impossible for me to progress to next stage, where I may scored more goals”. He said.
The 19 years old striker said that he will go back with the believe that they will be luckier next time.
Isa Karimu of Ighalo Football Academy also scored 4 goals in their match against Regal Football club.
Karimu also expressed happiness for scoring 4 goals for his club owned by Super Eagles Striker, Jude Ighalo, saying he wants to be a world class striker like Ighalo, promising to keep working hard in training to achieve his set objectives.
In other matches played, Emmydinho Football club defeated Mageeco Football club by three goals to nothing. The positive from the match is the featuring of 12 years old, Precious Ogunyase by Mageeco football Academy.
Ogunyase disclosed that playing in the FA Cup is just the beginning of building confidence to the top level, thanking his coach for believing in him.
Ogunyase who is the captian of Ekofootball Under-13 team also praise the Lagos State Football Association Board led by Seyi Akinwunmi, saying playing for the state gave him the confidence to play against any team or club irrespective of the competition.