By Yemi Itodo
Junior Christopher of Agudama community scored his second hat trick in the ongoing Governor Seriake Dickson Football Tournament on Thursday as his team humbled Yenegwe community 4-1 in the second game at the Agudama centre.
Earlier, Creek Haven, which is the Government House team, also defeated Swali community 4-1.
Speaking after the game, Christopher, who has taken his tally to six, said the highest goal scorer prize is non-negotiable.
“I thank God for this victory and for helping me score another hat trick.
“I also thank my coach and team mates. We will surely win this tournament, and I want to win the highest goal scorer award. By God’s grace, I will win it,” he said with a tinge of optimism.
Also, yesterday, Governor Dickson’s community, Toru-Orua, progressed to the next stage of the competition after overcoming the resilience of hard-fighting Sagbama community by a lone goal scored in the 18th minute by midfielder Tokoni Joel.
The match was tension-soaked as well as exciting as the neighbouring communities yielded no ground to the other on the field and on the side of their supporters outside.
Tipped as one of the title favorites, Sagbama made several attempts to level the scoreline in the first half but could not penetrate the defence of the Toru-Orua team.
In the second half, Sagbama came out fighting but missed several chances, hitting their opponent’s bar once.
The Sagbama Community Development Committee chairman, Hon. Okpu Okubokakpo, described their elimination as painful but promised they would come back better next year.
“In football, one side must lose when it comes to the knockout stage. We accept our defeat in good fate.
“The goal we conceded was as a result of goalkeeper error. We are going back to the drawing board to come back later. The essence of this competition is to foster peace and unity among our youths,” he said.
Also, the Sagbama youth leader, Comrade Ebidowei Amboro, thanked the state government for organising the tournament, saying it would help to discover talents in communities across the state.
“There are lots of hidden talents in rural areas. So, through this competition local talents could be discovered and harnessed for good use. That is why I have always described this competition as a talent hunt ground and not prize money hunt competition,” he said.
Other game at the Ebedebiri centre between University of Africa, Toru-Orua, and Kabeama community was postponed as the students are writing their exams.
RESTORATION CUP RESULTS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018
Akeddei 2 vs 1 Trofani
Agorogbene 1 (2) vs 1 (3) Adagbabiri
*Adagbabiri won on penalties
Sagbama 0 vs 1 Toru-Orua
University of Africa vs Kabeama (Postponed)
Amatolo 1 vs 0 Ayama
Ludoun 0 vs 1 Otuan
Famgbe 0 vs 3 Akenfa
Azikoro 3 vs 1 Ebebelebiri
Swali 1 vs 4 Creek Haven
Agudama 4 vs 1 Yenegwe