Host team, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences handed out an enthralling victory at the finals against defending champions, Faculty of Agriculture in the just concluded second edition of the Federal University Oye Ekiti Vice Chancellor’s cup tournament held August 14, 2015 at St. Augustine playground arena. Both teams had entered the final contest having accrued five points each in the preliminaries.

The defending champions having put up a quality style of play at the preliminaries were clear favorites at the final. They wasted no time as they swung the pendulum in their own direction by finding back of the net in just fifteen minutes of play. The trailing team, faculty of humanities and social sciences staged a wonderful comeback through a stunning equalizer without much ado and thus setting the stage for an exciting soccer show-piece.

It became a nail-biting scenario for spectators who had watched on at the arena as both teams approached the closing stages of ninety minutes on level terms before the host team handed out a bitter pill to its opponent by sealing off the game with an additional goal. Two goals to one it ended in favour of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac U. Asuzu represented by the Registrar, Mr. D.A. Adeyemo expressed appreciation to the organisers of the tournament and commended the Sports Unit immensely for not only keying into the corporate vision of building a university that would be known for its academic excellence but also in sports development thereby creating a virile and energetic workforce. He also reaffirmed that management is committed to supporting sporting activities in whatever capacity it could adding that the vice chancellor is not relenting on his earlier promise of ensuring the speedy completion of the on-going sports playground at Oye as well as construction of  football pitch at Ikole campus. “We will ensure that the next edition of this tournament would be held in our own pitch and not somewhere else”, affirmed promised.

 In a brief chat with FUOYE News Bulletin, some spectators expressed delight at the successful outing and wished that more of this competition should be encouraged. According to them, this platform would help discover budding soccer stars that would form a formidable team that could represent the institution in Nigerian Universities Games in future.

Femi Ojo Michael

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