SPORT Cowrie RFC wins 7s Pres­i­dent Cup

Daily Trust - - SPORT - From Ya­haya Ibrahim, Lagos

Cowrie RFC club at the week­end clinched the maiden edi­tion of the Pres­i­dent Cup Rugby 7s tour­na­ment by de­feat­ing Mer­lin RFC at the Onikan Sta­dium in Lagos.

The deadly com­bi­na­tion of Onoru Jatto, Chris­tian Ogar, Afiz Ayinla and Azeez Ladipo help the cur­rent South West Rugby league cham­pion to dec­i­mate Mer­lin RFC of UK.

With book­mak­ers ex­pect­ing a keenly con­tested game but Cowrie the fans wrong as Black stal­lions’ winger, Chris­tian Ogar scored a try that 20 sec­onds into the game to open a 5 points against the Mer­lins who ap­peared to be strug­gling un­der the hot sun.

Ladipo Azeez piled on more pres­sure with a try be­fore Ogar added 2 tries to earn the Most Valu­able Player prize of the tour­na­ment.

De­spite spir­ited ef­fort of the UK based club, the game ended 48 points to 14 in favour of Cowrie RFC.

Cap­tain of the win­ning side, Azeez Ladipo while speak­ing af­ter the match said the vic­tory was a sweet re­ward af­ter about three months of train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the tour­na­ment.

Barewa RFC of Kaduna who nar­rowly lost to Cowrie in the semi­fi­nals was too strong for Rac­ing RFC as they ran away by 7-0 score line in the third place match.

In the plate fi­nals, Po­lice RFC once again failed to live up to pre-tour­na­ment ex­pec­ta­tions as they were dec­i­mated by Pan­thers RFC by 19 points to 12.

In the shield cat­e­gory, Parakou RFC of Benin Re­pub­lic de­feated Delta RFC by 21 points to 17 while Gosar RFC went home with the com­pe­ti­tion’s Bowl.

The com­pe­ti­tion saw hun­dreds of rugby fans from UK, South Africa and all over Nige­ria come with their spouses and chil­dren to grace the tour­na­ment. The Act­ing Di­rec­tor of Imo State Sports Coun­cil, Mr. Austin Tasie has ex­pressed con­cern over the poor state of sports fa­cil­i­ties at the state sports coun­cil.

Tasie said this yes­ter­day at Dan Anyiam Sports Sta­dium in Ow­erri in his ad­dress at the re­cep­tion for Imo in­dige­nous ath­letes that rep­re­sented Nige­ria at the just con­cluded All African Games held in Congo Brazzaville.

He ap­pealed to Gover­nor Rochas Oko­rocha to ur­gently come to their aid by re­ac­ti­vat­ing the di­lap­i­dated fa­cil­i­ties for the in­ter­est of sports and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the state.

Tasie com­mended the per­for­mance of Imo in­di­genes to the games, which ac­cord­ing to him has ne­ces­si­tated in or­ga­niz­ing the re­cep­tion as a way of hon­our­ing and en­cour­ag­ing them for win­ning lau­rels for the coun­try.

Speak­ing fur­ther, the di­rec­tor pledged that he would fully equip the ath­letes to make them for fea­ture com­pe­ti­tion both in the coun­try and be­yond.

Tasie pointed out that out of the 34 sports as­so­ci­a­tions in the state, only hand­ball, judo, karate and power lift­ing par­tic­i­pated in the last game.

Ac­tion recorded dur­ing the Rughby 7s Pres­i­dent Cup be­tween Cowrie RFC and Gosar RFC in Lagos at the wek­end.

PHOTO Sani Maikatanga

Mr. Yan Akle Chair­man W.J Bush mak­ers of Gon­goni Tee off the ball at the open­ing of 3rd Gon­goni Golf Tour­na­ment 2015 in Kano on Satur­day.

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