The Football Team of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, known as AAUA Luminaries, have qualified for the Semi-Finals of the ongoing Higher Institutions Football League (HIFL) tournament.
They defeated their UNILAG Marines counterparts by a lone goal in a keenly contested quarter-final second leg match decided at the main bowl of AAUA Sports Arena.
Team Captain, Adekimoye Omotayo scored the match-winner in the first half of extra time from the penalty spot after a UNILAG player handled the ball in the box.
AAUA Luminaries’ goalkeeper, Isaac Philip, was voted the Most Valuable Player of the encounter on account of his heroics.
The two teams had earlier on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, battled to a goalless draw during regulation time in a match played under torrential rain, while the extra time of 30 minutes was shifted to 8.00 am of Thursday, September 2, 2021, on account of poor visibility.
The Chief Coach of AAUA Luminaries, Lawal Akorede thanked the team for doing the University and the state proud despite being rated as underdogs. He noted that “this is the first time that a team from Ondo State would reach this stage of the competition”.
The first leg played at the football pitch of Lagos State University on Wednesday last week had ended in a barren draw.
The team now awaits the semi-final draws, which come up in Lagos.
In another development, Akure City Football Club has unveiled a sports broadcast journalist Michael Akintunde as its new Sports Director.
The club’s Board Chairman, Kingsley Ossai, unveiled the new director at the Ondo State Sports Complex in Akure.
He expressed optimism that Akintunde would bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new position.
Akintunde is a staff of Adaba FM in Akure, a subsidiary of Lagos-based television station TVC.
Ossai said the appointment was in a bid to improve the outfit as a football club, since Akintunde is a sports journalist with the understanding of the game internationally.
He added that the club had always worked hard to give the best to its fans both within and outside the state.
“We feel that for us to move forward, Akintunde is the best man to occupy the position of the Sports Director based on his vast experience in the game over the years,” the club chairman said.
Also, the club’s Executive Director, Banjo Adepoju, said it was necessary for the club to have a Sports Director, who would serve as a catalyst for great things in the club.
Adepoju said having a Sports Director would also speed up the reaction time between two management functions.
“The Sports Director will also be responsible for the club’s overall philosophy, beginning with the youth team up to the first team.”
He however said the club’s major target ahead of the new season was to play in the Nigeria National League (NNL).
Reacting to his appointment, Akintunde appreciated the club for the trust its management had in him.
“I can assure you that this is the beginning of a new era of development at the club,” he said.