29 March 2017
Squad list: Adewale Atake (Attacker), Inam Wilson (Defender), Joseph Abukpain (Defender), Kenneth Okwor (Goalkeeper), Abimbola Atitebi (Defender), Bernard Ehigiamusor (Attacker), Egbiri Egbiri (Attacker & Defender), Femi Oyewole (Attacker), Solomon Alo (Defender), Afolabi Araromi (Attacker), Ikponmwosa Uwaifo (Attacker) & Desmond Ogba (Attacker).
Who are the stand-out raw talents within the team?
Egbiri just keeps going at it and never seems to get tired. Kenneth is what you might call “safe hands” which tells you he is more than just a lecturer. Mr. Wilson is like the proverbial fine wine as he gets better with age. Femi’s movement with the ball, stamina, control and selfishness stands him out as pure talent in its raw form which still requires a lot of refining. These talents however are invisible during tournaments.
Some banter in the locker room.
We are at our best during friendlies and seem to despise tournaments. Our attackers are overtly inspired by the cheers of the Templars female supporters. Egbiri jogs from Ajah to Lekki every morning hence his impeccable fitness. Bernard is comparable to Harry Potter on a quidditch pitch without his glasses. Abimbola continues to ignite questions about his real age as his bones seem to be ahead in time. Solomon “The Rock” sees anything in front of him as an obstacle; team mates included. Femi seems to be more interested in the cheers of the ladies when he dribbles and that’s all soccer means to him. Our most impressive substitutions have been simply to get on the pitch to get sent off by the referee.
Experience with friendly games and the BOA tournament.
Our friendlies have been fantastic as we are still yet to lose any. In our first friendly game, we fought back to defeat streamsowers and kohn / foundation team 4 – 3 demonstrating our mettle on the pitch, in the next friendly against Olajide Oyewole, it was a whopping 6 – 1 establishing that Templars FC was a rugged “No Guts, No Glory” team. This is however hardly transmitted to our games in the BOA tournament. We have been unfortunate in the sense that we got the toughest group. Having three previous winners and last year’s finalist in our group was always going to be tough.
In our first game, we dominated all through and deserved to win, we missed several chances and a penalty thanks to the heroics of the Babalakin keeper who was the best player on the pitch. We consider this match as 2 points dropped , rather than a point gained.
Our second game was much tougher and physical against defending champions’ falana and falana, in all we edged a fairly even game in terms of possession and clear cut chances.
Our 3rd match against Olisa Agbakoba LP who have been finalist in the last 3 editions, we lost 2 goals to nil in a very tough match. In all we discovered that we needed a 2nd game plan against equally attacking opponents.
We took the defeat well and the team made sure we bounced back with a win in our last group game against fides and Fuducia to clinch a much deserved qualification to the round of 16.
The other side of Templars Lawyers as seen on the football pitch
Abimbola is a very resolute defender to be fair. Solomon looks very quiet but is a strong tackler of the ball, he doesn’t mess around on the pitch. Mr Wilson is very passionate about the sport, he wants nothing more than a win and cannot stand us dropping points. Mr Atake has great control and touch, who knew he could still run past players. Kenneth has been the surprise of the tournament, nothing gets past him except of course a sizzling hot shot. Some others think we should stick to our transactions and brief of arguments.
In all, we have made it through to the round of 16 with a lot of hardwork. We must thank everyone at Templars for the support given to the team which has been immense. Our supporters had utmost belief in us and did not stop singing and cheering us in the sun, even after we conceded against Olisa Agbakoba.
We hope to reward them with the trophy this year!