Excitement, Goals Thrill Nigeria Bankers Games 2016 Opening Ceremony
It was an atmosphere of fun, laughter and celebration of goals as the most anticipated game, Nigeria Bankers Games 2016 kicked off.
The Opening match of the 2016 NBG Football event was between the defending champions, Fidelity Bank and Sterling Jets of Sterling Bank.
The game was a fitting opener to the football event as it kept the spectators on their feet as both teams gave an excellent account of themselves. Barely 2 minutes into the half, Fidelity Bank stormed into the lead through Lamidi, to send a strong early message to the other teams that they are there to defend the Trophy.
Sterling Bank however were not cowed as they matched the defending Champions despite going down so early. A second goal in the 59^th minute through Patrick Michael sealed Fidelity first 3 points of the season.
The second match of the opening day featured 2015 finalist, First Bank and 5 time champions, UBA.
The match witnessed a display of good football from both teams to the delight of the spectators. A tap in goal by Adeleke Odusanya was enough to put First Bank ahead in the 15^th minute.
UBA immediately tried to respond to get a quick equalizer but were soon in trouble again as defender Samuel Audu turned a dangerous cross into his own net to give First Bank a 2 goals lead. First Bank then wrapped up the game with a goal from a set piece when UBA failed to clear their lines. That is how it ended with Adeleke Odusanya emerging the MVP for his brace and all round enterprising play.
Spectators were not left out in the fun and excitement.
At the end of match day one, here is how the log table looks;
P W D L GF GA GD POINTS
FIDELITY 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
ECOBANK 0 – 0 0 – 0 – 0
UNION 0 – 0 0 – 0 – 0
STERLING BANK 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
P W D L GF GA GD POINTS
FIRST BANK 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
FCMB 0 – 0 0 – – 0 0
STANBIC 0 – 0 0 – – – 0
UBA 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0
Get ready for another exciting weekend!
Action continues on Saturday 15^th & Sunday 16^th October, 2016 at the Legacy Pitch, National Stadium Surulere, Lagos as 2008 Champions, FCMB and Union Bank make their long awaited return. It promises to be another fantastic football entertainment.
SAT 15TH OCT. 2016
MATCH DAY 2 1.30PM – 3PM
STANBIC IBTC 3.30PM – 5PM
SUN 16^TH OCT. 2016
MATCH DAY 3 12.30PM – 2PM
FCMB 2.30PM – 4PM