By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Doka Area Office of the Kaduna Electric defeated its Zaria counterpart to emerged winner of the just concluded 2nd Edition of MD Inter Area Office Football Competition in Kaduna.
The Zaria Area Office who suffered 2-0 defeat conceded first goal through Nura Lawal spotting No 7 jersey of Doka, from a penalty shot in the first 45 minutes, after Zaria captain Sanni Muhammed, committed a foul in the 18 yard box.
The second half saw the two teams displaying great football skills but blew away scoring chances. Thirty-four minutes into the second half, Umar Abdu-Na-Abdu, Jersey No 20 scored the second goal by a 40 yard shot that rattled the Zaria goalkeeper to keep the score line at two nil in favour of Doka.
The Rigasa Area Office who was the champion of the first edition was relegated to the third position.
Fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the competition, the Chief Driving Officer, Mr. Rahul Kumar, who represented the CEO/Managing Director of Kaduna Electric, said football is a game of strategy and the best side picks the trophy.
Kumar congratulated Team Doka for putting up a superlative performance to clinched the trophy.
Also speaking, Chairman of Kaduna Electric Football Club, (KEFC), Murtala Bello, described football as a veritable tool and a uniting factor to bring together staff of the organization, just as he said, it is a means to discover talents that would represent the company in the Nigerian league.
He explained that the KEFC was formed about three years ago to strengthened unity, sportsmanship, friendship and to motivate the employees towards better performance.
According to him, the next edition of the tournament would receive early preparation, saying: “in the next edition, we are going to look into how the tournament can be improved upon, and also bring in media for a wider coverage.”
He disclosed that the Doka, Zaria, Rigasa, Sokoto, Kafanchan, Zamfara, Makera and Barnawa Area Offices participated in the tournament.
The Most Valuable Player, (MVP) went to Abdulazeez Mohammed, of Team Sokoto Office, who said he was excited although that would not be his first time to pick the MVP award and hoped to repeat it next edition.