Segun Ijitola Football club of Surulere, emerged the new champion of the Victor Ikpeba Football Challenge 2023.
The Football Challenge which was in its third edition was played at its traditional venue, the Obele Odan Community Centre, Fujah.
A total of eight teams participated in the Five-A-Side Football competition whose theme at the third edition is ‘Appreciation’. As the sponsor of the event, the 1997 African Footballer of the Year, Victor Ikpeba said, was hosted in appreciation of the great opportunity given to him by his country Nigeria, to become a worldclass soccer star.
In the final match played on Monday, June 12 at the Obele Odan Community Centre, Fujah, FC Segun Ijitola defeated Chidi Chukwuka FC 2-0 to lift the Gold Cup, gold medals and a cash prize of two hundred thousand naira.
The first goal of the final match was scored by Ikechukwu, who capitalised on a defensive error to find the back of the team to give his team a 1-0 lead in the first half.
Dewunmi Omolaja, in the second half scored the second and the winning goal after connecting a pass from his teammate, Qudus, with five minutes to the end of the game.
For finishing second place, Chidi Chukwuka FC went home with a cash prize of N100,000 courtesy of the sponsor, Victor Ikpeba. They also got silver medals and trophy.
Idris FC of Surulere, emerged the third place winner after defeating Lukmon FC in the lovers final 1-0.
Idris FC went home with a cash prize of N70,000, bronze medals and a trophy.