By Taiwo Adelu
A selected former Nigerian international team proved that they were not a spent force as they defeated Team Lagos State Executive Council 2-1 in a novelty match to celebrate the birthday of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who turns 64 on 29 March.
The match, which was put together by Lagos Sports Family was played amidst fanfare at the Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island on Sunday.
Striker Henry Nwosu scored the opener for the former players in the first half, while ‘Headmaster’ Mutiu Adepoju made it two for the ex Super Eagles in the second half.
The lone goal from Team Lagos Exco was scored by Festus Odini also in the second half of the novelty match .
The match was witnessed by the celebrator himself, former governor of Lagos State, the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, National Vice Chairman (South West) of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Pius Akinyelure, Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji and friends of Tinubu as well as some APC party faithful.
Tinubu, commended the orgsnisers of the game. He also thanked the former Nigerian footballers who he said made his birthday celebration a valuable and productive period.
To the Governor of Lagos State, Ambode, celebrating Tinubu with a novelty match was to show how important he is to youth of Lagos.
“In the next few months, Lagos sports will witness series of activities to bring back not only the lost glory but to engage the youth positively, ” Ambode said.
Joseph Yobo captained the ex players team which comprised Peter Rufai, Ike Shorunmu, Ifeanyi Udeze, Godwin Okpara, Victor Agali, Wasiu Ipaye and a host of others.
In Team Lagos Executive Council were Prince Lanre Elegushi, Tajudeen Ajide, Bode Babington, Okanlawon Sanni and others.