The Final of the second edition of COD United Ambassador’s cup took place over the weekend at Campos mini-stadium, Lagos where the semi-finals and final matches were played.
The first semi-final was between Basic FA and Alade FA with the boys from Basic FA earning their passage into the final with a 3-1 victory over Alade FA.
The second semi-final of the day was between COD FA and Legico FA. Despite going a man down, COD FA fought hard to progress to the finals after a 2-0 victory over the boys from Legico FA.
After an interlude which featured presentation of gift prizes by the Brand Ambassador of COD United and Super Eagles Forward, Sone Aluko accompanied and assisted by Super Eagles and West Brom Forward, Victor Anichebe to fans at the stadium, COD FA and Basic FA filed out for the finals.
After traditional handshakes by COD CEO, Shola Opaleye and COD Ambassador, Sone Aluko, the final kicked off and Basic FA drew first blood early and took the advantage into half time of the game.
C.O.D U-17 started the second half with more tenacity and purpose which was rewarded with an equalizer just few minutes into the second half.
COD U-17 doubled their lead midway through the 2nd half but with virtually the last kick of the game, Basic FA got their equalizer from a well-executed free kick.
COD U-17 however went on to win on the 2ndEdition of Ambassador’s Cup 5-4 on Penalties against Basic FA. In addition to winning the trophy, the winners also went home with a cash prize of 100,000 while the runners up won 50, 000.
Speaking at the Final, Sone Aluko expressed hope that some of the players discovered will go on to achieve great things. “The essence of this competition is for talents to be discovered and nurtured. The better players here will be nurtured to develop and given opportunities to be all they can be in the game” he said.
Earlier in the week, Sone had delivered a talk to medical students at the University of Lagos focusing on how discipline and hard-work are just as important as talent.