While Friday started like any other day, it proved to be unforgettable for Oyo State’s Asegun Comprehensive High School, who won the 2016 edition of the Copa Coca-Cola tournament after defeating National Grammar School, Nike, Enugu State, at the final match played at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos.
Determined and focused all through the 60 minutes of play that ended in a goalless draw, both teams put up a fight for the trophy and the prize money of a million naira, but in the end, the Asegun boys were able to pull through 5-3 in a penalty shootout.
The match, which had in attendance top officials from the Lagos State Government, the National School Sports Federation and staff of Coca-Cola, witnessed musical performance from 2016 BET Best New International Act Award winner, Falz, as well as a surprise entry by Austin Okocha.
The former Super Eagles captain came disguised as an elderly janitor, tricking both players and the spectators into believing he was just a regular cleaner who was going about his job and simply wanted to join in the game. Pulling a surprise with his quick moves and impeccable juggling and dribbling skills, Okocha had the young players in awe, before finally revealing himself.
Speaking of his appearance at the match, the football legend remarked that coming to the event, provided him an opportunity to give wings to the passion and aspiration of the young players, by motivating them to reach for their dreams.
“Just like many football stars today, my football career began at the grassroots level. Today I am what I am because I had people who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to thrive. Copa Coca-Cola is doing just that, inspiring the next generation of football players. And I am happy to be a part of a platform that is transforming grassroots football in Nigeria,” he said.