By: Oyekanmi ABIODUN [Politikz]
Hello! Good day, ladies and gentlemen of the sports world. Welcome to another scintillating report on sporting activities within the premier University of Ibadan.
It’s been a pretty long break from this end, so I will like to say Happy New Year to all UItes sports men and women.
Having said that, as alluded to at the threshold of this semester, this is the season of Hall’s Inter-Floor, Dean’s Cup, and HODs Cup competition. And as anticipated, myriad of these football tournaments are already at full-blown.
This week I bring to us another highly fascinating updates on previous high ranking footballing activities within the campus. Similarly, following weeks of research, I feature the football history of the great Austin Jay-Jay Okocha’s time at Fenerbahçe. I hope you enjoy it.
CLASH OF THE TITANS: Barrister Rotimi Alli Inter-Floor Competition Continues
On Saturday 11th January 2020, the Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall version of inter-floor football competition continues after being momentarily suspended due to the festive period underway in dramatic fashion.
All matches which went down at the El Stadio IT La Zik (Maracana), was witnessed by a large turn-out of exciting fans.
Zik Hall Inter-Floor Football Competition
Game Week 2 Results
B2 1 – 0 C2 MOTM- Able God (Gk) (B2)
B1 4 – 2 C3 MOTM- Duro (B1)
C1 0 – 3 D2 MOTM- Samuel (D2)
A2 1 – 1 D1 MOTM- Emmanuel (A2)
A1 1 – 2 AB MOTM- Tope (AB)
A3 1 – 0 B4 MOTM- Tolu (GK) (A3)
B3 0 – 3 C4 MOTM- Promise (C4)
THUNDERBOLTS AND SCREAMERS: The Story of Jay-Jay Okocha at Fenerbahçe (PRT 1)
So good they named him twice. That is what is commonly said about the brilliance of Jay-Jay Okocha. He is renowned for his fondness of the step over and technical brilliance, particularly remembered for helping Bolton reach currently unimaginable European heights. What is less known, however, is the time the Nigerian spent honing his craft in the highly charged arena of Turkish football.
Okocha’s European journey began in Germany playing in the lower leagues, before signing for Eintracht Frankfurt in 1992. It started well with a third-place finish in his debut season, however things turned sour under the reign of Jupp Heynckes. The German clashed with Okocha, as well as Maurizio Gaudino and Tony Yeboah, over a perceived lack of effort in training. The other two would be quickly sold, leading to Eintracht’s relegation at the end of the 1995/96 season, after which Okocha also left the club.
His destination of choice was Turkish champions Fenerbahçe, with Okocha arriving for a fee of around £1m. He debuted in the first round of Champions League qualifying, playing the full 90 minutes of the first leg against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Four days later, he would score in his opening Süper Lig match against Samsunspor. Assisting Kemalettin Sentürk with a cross in the first half, in the second period he would showcase what fans could expect over the next two seasons. Just on the edge of the ‘D’, he would exquisitely bend the ball into the top corner past Alioum Boukar to cap a 4-1 win.
Just ten days later would come a complete different goal in the Champions League playoff against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, although spectacular all the same. Again, receiving a ball on the edge of the box, Okocha would expertly sell a dummy to an onrushing defender. The deflection off the futile slide tackle failed to affect Okocha, who killed the ball on his knee before firing low into the bottom corner to send Fener into that season’s group stage proper.
These two goals serve to perfectly epitomize the stay of Okocha, which he would enjoy in Istanbul. Blessed with exceptional close control and tricks, alongside dead-ball accuracy and an underrated turn of pace, the Nigerian would terrorize defenses across Turkey. Such swagger, wearing his red boots in a period where black was still the norm, would quickly endear him to the Fener faithful.
And the story continues…..
I want to believe you enjoyed this piece, well, if you do, find your way down to this column next week as I unravel more on the story. Gracias. Have a blessed and sporting week ahead. Remember, engage in a sport today and you are sure of a blissful life.