IT WAS AN AFTERNOON of the showcase of sublime skills and soccer fireworks as the Sherifat Kola-Daisi Women's League 2023 came to a befitting climax yesterday with two gripping Final matches.

Soccer fans thronged the main bowl of Olubadan Stadium to watch the first edition of a Female League which premiered in the South-West of Nigeria. 

Up to yesterday's Finals, a massive 50 goals were recorded from 18 gruelling encounters and in the two finals, six goals were scored making a total of 56 goals from 20 matches.

The Finals which had Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi, who also doubles as the Ashipa Olubadan ,. Alhaji  YK Abass, the Babaloja-General of Oyo State and Proprietor of YK Abass FC, former Super Eagles midfield dynamo, Mutiu  Adepoju, and other Stakeholders in attendance , ended on the same note with a 2-1 margin.

The third place finals was intensely exciting and filled with top class soccer action as the Amazon's from Salam Ladies and Lagelu Queens traded tackles in an action- laden encounter.

Afolabi Peace , skipper of Lagelu struck on 15 mins with a custom- made finish off a fitted cross from the right flankand a goalmouth scramble to put Lagelu ahead.

Rather than be deterred by this early  goal,Salam Ladies plotted the equalizer as they troubled the defence of Lagelu until Lawal Taiwo,the daring forward  of Salam Ladies banged in her fifth goal of the tournament on 35 mins which registered her as the Competiton's Highest Goal Scorer.

In the second half, Lagelu Queens displayed courage and determination to go home with the third place position as they neutralized the advances of Salam Ladies.

On the 60th minute, Alabi OreOluwa with a run on the right flank floated a bespoke cross which Abdulazeez Aishat netted in for second goal to Lagelu which eventually went home with  bronze medals and a cash reward.

For the Final proper between Oluyole Flaming Queens and Adewale Babes, the matchup was more or less a grudge match.
Both sides were in the same group at the Group Stage.
Both teams clashed in the opening match where Oluyole pounded Adewale 3-1 as the Adewale lasses wept over the loss and prayed fervently and looked eagerly towards a re-match..To make this happen,the Adewale girls which paraded the youngest players of the tournament brushed aside the early loss and went on to qualify for the final setting the stage for the yesterday's final match.

As if God had answered their prayers, the spectators saw a zealous, rejuvenated and effervescent set of players with a winning demeanor.

But Oluyole Flaming Queens which had banged in 13 goals before yesterday's Finals had a mission to accomplish.

One of its players, the highly mobile and hard-working centre forward  Tobiloba Oladeji was in the race for the Highest Goal Scorer.She had four goals to her name. In this final match,she was a thorn in the flesh of Adewale defence.which often felt astounded at her place and strength. But they managed to contain her, but not for long.

A through pass from the.centre circle area located her around the middle of the fringe of the penalty box,she has two defenders lurking around ,with magical accuracy,she dribble the first and with a burst of  speed  outpaced the second as she came face to face with keeper of Adewale who had prepared to rush out and In a split second decision pushed a low , waltzy kick  past the keeper of Adewale to hit the net and make up five goals. She was now on level with Lawal Taiwo at 5 goals

Adewale Babes , shrugged off that dampener and pounded hard on the defense of Oluyole Flaming with stocky, mobile and dogged amazon, Olayiwola Wura as the arrowhead. With calculated dribble runs ,she terrorized the defence of Oluyole seamlessly.
It was only a matter of time before she struck and equalized for Adewale Babes as of Adewale broke into wild jubilation. From then on,they cheered every move of Adewale Babes.

In the.second half however, Tobiloba Oladeji who has stepped up her game and was on rampage many times , received a pass on the left flank and took on a shadowing defender,she beats the fist one and proceeded to dribble the next ,but she was recklessly tackled inside that box and Referee Blessing Akindele pointed to the penalty spot.

The vociferous supporters of Adewale kept chanting, praying that the taker should miss it.

Raheem Aishat ,a fine defensive midfielder takes a fast one to the far post but keeper Oyebode Alia parried the shot as she dived full length,but before she could recover,Aishat was there again and blasted the ball into the net for second and decisive goal for Oluyole Flaming Queens whose meagre supported also erupted into uncontrollable celebrations.

The youthful players of Adewale Babes were inconsolable as they displayed extreme emotions over the loss.

Those girls were true warriors as they played their hearts out but had wasted some chances in the first half which they dearly paid for.

Tobiloba Oladeji emerged the Most Valuable Player of the Competition.

Best Goalkeeper Award went to keeper Omolola of Oluyole for conceding just two goals all through the League.

The Highest Goal Scorer award was.clinched by Salam Ladies'  Lawal Taiwo.

The Finals was a indeed a suitable cap for the first Sherifat Kola-Daisi/IFC Women's League.

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