Tinubu at 70: Sanwo-Olu, Dare, Hamzat, dignitaries grace noivelty match in Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare; Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Demola Seriki; Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, public office holders at federal and state levels on Sunday converge on Lagos to honour the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, with a novelty match in celebration of his 70th birthday. 

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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu flanked by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left); Ex-Super Eagles Goal Keeper, Peter Rufai and other Ex-Super Eagles Internationals during a novelty match in celebration of Tinubu’s 70th birthday at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, on Sunday, 20 March 2022. On the left: Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Demola Seriki and Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat

The novelty match between ex-Super Eagles players and Team Lagos, which took place at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan, Lagos was attended by former and present members of the National Assembly, Lagos State Executive Council, Lagos State House of Assembly and local government chairmen, as well as members of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), Lagos State APC executive members, among others.

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The match, which was attended by Tinubu, who kicked off the ball, is part of the programmes organised by the Tinubu Support Group in conjunction with the Lagos State Government, to celebrate the APC National Leader’s 70th birthday, which comes up on Tuesday, March 29.

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L-R: Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Otunba Femi Pedro; Ex-Super Eagles Internationals, Austin ‘Jayjay’ Okocha and Peter Rufai during a novelty match in celebration of Tinubu’s 70th birthday at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, on Sunday

Former Super Eagles Striker, Victor Agali scored two goals for the ex-international team led by Austin Jay Jay Okocha to defeat the Team Lagos, which is made up of former players of Stationery Scores and other clubs in Lagos State.

Agali scored the first goal 10 minutes into the second half from a brilliant pass from Julius Aghahowa. Agali netted the second goal 12 minutes later through his head from a cross by Austin Okocha, who displayed brilliant dribbling skills during the match.

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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu flanked by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left), followed by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Minister of Youth and Sport, Mr. Sunday Dare; the Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (right); Ex-Super Eagles Internationals and others, during a novelty match in celebration of Tinubu’s 70th birthday at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, on Sunday

The ex-internationals team also included; Nwankwo Kanu, Peter Rufai, Ike Shorunmu, Taribo West, Garba Lawal, Mutiu Adepoju, Victor Ikpeba and Abiodun Obafemi, among others.

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Team Lagos was captained by the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiri Obasa. Other members of the team are Waidi Akanni, Godwin Okpara, Friday Ekpo, Sanni Doherty, Akeem Ogunlade, Wasiu Ipaye, Taiwo Oloyede, Yusuf Ayinla and Alhaji Gafar, among others.

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L-R: Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Lagos APC Chairman, Hon. Cornelius Ojelabi and others during a novelty match in celebration of Tinubu’s 70th birthday at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, on Sunday,

Prior to the novelty match between the ex-international and Team Lagos, there was a football match between Team Abuja comprising members of the National Assembly and Team B, made up of members of the Lagos State Executive Council, House of Assembly and council chairmen.

The Team Manager for Team Abuja was a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, Hon. James Faleke, while Team Lagos was led by the Chief of Staff to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde.

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L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu exchanging pleasantries with National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu during a novelty match in celebration of Tinubu’s 70th birthday at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, on Sunday, 20 March 2022. Behind is Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu

 

 

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