P.M. News (Lagos)

19 September 2002

Nigeria: Passo Tourney Inland Bank Thrown Out

Lagos — Former champions, Inland Bank, became the first team to be knocked out of the current PASSO Youth Soccer competition as the team lost its second match on Sunday at the Jibril Martins Memorial Primary School playing ground, Agege.

Inland Bank lost 0-1 to Bafana Bafana Football Club via a penalty goal scored by Morufu mid-way through the first half. The match was a Group B match and to many of the spectators, Inland Bank deserved to lose going by their uninspiring performance since the commencement of the competition. They also lost their first match by the same margin to Arsenal FC.

"This cannot be a team sponsored by a financial institution", one fan noted.

Earlier in an exciting Group A match, Ladoje FC (a.k.a. Aroko Babes), the team supported by AD chairmanship aspirant in Agege and former Council leader, Honourable Rasheed Osanyinpeju, came from behind to force defending champions, Littleton Football Club to a one all draw. The Aroko Babes are noted for coming from behind to win matches having come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Pako Amoo FC in their first match.

This weekend, the match dubbed "final before the final" takes place as Group A leader and crowd pulling Courage FC takes on another crowd favourites, Pako Amoo FC. The Group A encounter promises to be full of fireworks as both teams have promised to give the crowd good value for their money.

The second match features Arsenal FC and former champions, Spartans FC in a Group B encounter.

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