Sporting Lagos 2 - 0 Dannaz
Sporting Lagos Academy Kick Off New Campaign on a Clean Slate with Triumph over Dannaz
Last season’s runners-up began their 2023/2024 TCC League campaign with a 2-0 win over Dannaz.
With a new coach in charge, the hosts started on the front foot, threatening the visitors’ goal in the seventh minute. Olusesi Ganiu was however, not in the mood to concede an early goal as he thwarted the goal threat.
But it didn’t take long for Coach Shola’s men to find the back of the net. Abdulahi Yusuf, whose shot was parried by the Dannaz goalie earlier, was not to be denied this time as his thunderous shot found the top corner of the net in the 12th minute
While Dannaz were trying to find a way back into the game, Abdulahi Yusuf was proving to be a handful at the back. Asides finding space behind the Dannaz defense to run into, his silky moves further put the Dannaz setup under pressure. The striker could have doubled his tally in the 40th minute of the game. He however could only shoot at the keeper after the ball fell kindly to him in the 18-yard area.
The first half went by quickly, with Dannaz struggling to keep up. The second 45 started out the same way the first ended: With Sporting Lagos applying pressure and Dannaz trying to keep their hosts at bay.
But the latter could only hold forte until the 52nd minute when Sporting Lagos Academy doubled their tally. Again, the Dannaz defense failed to clear their lines, this time from a corner-kick. With the ball falling to Samuel Umoh, the defender blasted the ball home from close range to heap more misery on the visitors.
Try as they could, Dannaz failed to get the better of the Sporting Lagos Academy and ultimately succumbed to a defeat. For the hosts, it’s the perfect start for their coach and a morale-boosting win for the young lads.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Adamu Mukhtar (Sporting Lagos Academy)
A commanding display from the midfielder who dictated play for the hosts and set the tempo with his energy.