Novelty Football Tournament

A football tournament featuring Eagles, Covenant University students, faculty, and alumni teams of select universities, held on Saturday, the 17th of September, 2022 at Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island, Lagos to celebrate CU @ 20. The tournament featured teams from the following universities.

The event kicked off with 3 knock-out rounds. In the first knock-out match between Redeemers University and Afe Babalola University, Redeemers University emerged as the winner with 2 goals versus Afe Babalola’s single goal. The second knock-out match between Landmark University and the University of Ibadan ended in a 1-1 draw at full-time and then proceeded to a penalty round. In the end, the University of Ibadan emerged winners. The final knock-out round between Covenant University (the host) and Bells University of Technology, both Ota-based institutions, also ended in a penalty round after a 1-1 draw. Bells University emerged winners of the heated penalty round of the Ota derby.

In the semifinals stage, Bells University beat Covenant University 1 – 0, and the University of Ibadan beat Redeemers University on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

In the third place match, Covenant University beat Redeemers University 1 – 0 while Bells University won the final match against the University of Ibadan 2 – 1.

At the end of the tournament, Covenant University won third place, the University of Ibadan came second, and Bells University took first place.

Speaking about the event, Kemi Onabanjo-Joseph, President of the Covenant University Alumni Association (CUALA) shared; “In commemorating the 20th anniversary of our beloved alma mater, Covenant University, we thought it would be important to extend the celebration to the broader society, including other alumni communities. Football is a unifying game, despite how competitive it can get, and we decided to leverage the novelty tournament as a platform to bring communities together for value exchange. The event turned out even better than we expected. All the teams brought their A-games, new friendships were formed and we are sure that the connections made yesterday will be value-adding. We are grateful to the alumni associations that accepted our invitation and look forward to an expanded tournament next year and beyond.”

Nifemi, a representative from team Redeemers University shared; “We saw the invitation as an opportunity to connect with the Alumni from the other schools and also as a networking opportunity. We also wanted to show our great football skills. It was an amazing event, the planning and execution was top-notch and everyone had a great time. We hope this event helps build a lasting connection between all the different alumni bodies and that it births more events of its kind.”

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