Oluyole Warriors are Union Bank-Endyfas hockey champions
Ibadan team, Oluyole Warriors Hockey Club, at the weekend beat Indomitable Flickers to win the 14th Union Bank end of the year hockey festival held at the Union Bank Sports Club, Surulere, Lagos.
The Oluyole Warriors, tutored by national team chief coach, Tunde Odedokun with 15-year-old Tolu Odedokun as its top striker, defeated the Indomitable Flickers in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time.
A record 25 teams from across the country participated in the one-day event to round off the Nigeria Hockey season.
The teams were 20 male and five female teams, including two teams from Katsina State, Masari Flickers and Gobaru Shooters.
Lagsmab Hockey team finished third in a competition that saw great hockey heroes like Folarin Jaiyeola, Folarin Fejembola, Niyi Oredein, Emmanuel Isibor, Chukwuma Ukah, Kayode Olagunju, Oke Omoniyi, Folabi Awojobi, Samuel Jackson, Kenny Otuniga, Okwudili Menye, Sunny Menyen and host of others playing for various teams, including Generation X, Field Marshall, Agbalagi
United and Gadzafar, in the highly entertaining competition filled with fanfare.
The medals and customized individual award plaques given to the winners and exceptional players during the competition were donated by former Union Bank men’s Hockey star and ex-national team superstar, UK-based Sanjo Jones, through his company High Grade Consultants, which operates from Littlehampton, United Kingdom.
The tournament director, Folabi Awojobi, was full of praise for all those who made the competition successful, noting that Endyfas is made up of a bunch of fun-loving but serious minded and professional sports men, “whose aim is to bring field hockey into the spotlight and spread the ‘gospel’ to an international audience to ensure that we grow the sport in Nigeria and the world as a whole.”
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