How Okonkwo’s carrots took Fidelity Bank to glory
Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, took to the dug out to talk his players out of the lethargy that was threatening their ambition of winning the Nigerian Bankers Games football gold medal. And the magic worked.
Before then, First Bank, who won the silver last year, was dragging the defending champions all over the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos, in their quest to snatch the gold medal. But the tide changed when Okonkwo left his seat in the VIP stand to the dressing room, where he made his players realize what they stood to gain by winning the game.
It was indeed a frenetic start to the contest with both teams looking to get on the front foot when in possession. In the second minute of the first half, First Bank stormed into an early lead through a calmly dispatched penalty kick.
The goal knocked the wind out of Fidelity Bank’s sail and they struggled to find any kind of rhythm to their game. And then, Okonkwo took matters into his own hands by giving the players a pep talk.
He promised to reward the players financially if they upturned the goal deficit.
That did the magic, as the Fidelity boys upped their with aggression and intensity until the equaliser arrived in 76th minute Dimeji Oyefeso.
With neither of the teams able to score the winner, the game was decided by a penalty shoot out, which the defending champions won.
In the third place match, the UBA Lions scored a lone goal against the Jets of Sterling Bank to win the bronze medal.
Fidelity Bank won 21 medals, including 10 gold, three silver and eight bronze medals to become the over all champions.
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