TCC Season Review - Atlantic Business FC
A wise man once said that the best way to sometimes describe new beginnings is by testing new waters. It is rare to see anybody put both feet in at first, with many initially going with one foot, to determine depth and temperature, hence gauging adaptability amongst other factors. One would reckon Atlantic Business FC would have felt the same way when they entered for the second season of The Creative Championship.
Based out of Lagos, ABFC dipped the first of their feet into TCC waters in the cup, testing their mettle against the then champions Gbagada. Many would have been fazed by the task ahead, however, ‘God’s Own Team’ would serve a taste of the football we would get used to in the following months, fighting resolutely to hold the Blue Eagles.
Williams Tajudeen would score their first ever TCC goal, and while it was from the spot, it proved a huge burden lifter. However, that would be as good as it got for Coach Olayinka Adiro and his boys, who finished rock bottom of group A without a win.
If the reception they received in the Cup was cold, things would get real when the league kicked off. Gbagada stood in their way again, and this time, there was no mercy, with Coach Akinyelu’s boys effectively shutting them out in a 0-1 reversal.
The campaign seemed to prove proverbial in many ways, and the Shield of Africa would turn the tide in their first league meeting with Broad City securing a 3-1 win. It proved a Eureka moment, and Sherrif Olanlokun and co would go on a four-game unbeaten run that ended in a valiant 2-3 loss to Valiant FC (pun intended).
The loss would spark a negative chain reaction where they failed to win any of their next five ties; a run only halted by a shock 3-0 win over Dino SC in Ijebu-Ode. They say water always finds its level, and Atlantic Business found theirs, never rocking the boat. Coach Adiro’s boys ended their league campaign in typical fashion, winning one of their last five; inconsistency was their biggest bane.
For a debutant, finishing sixth would be satisfactory, however, the expectations for a second campaign would be to make a business of sending shockwaves across the Atlantic, one that would reverberate.
Standout Performer – Paul Jacob
Paul Jacob proved to be a revelation despite a slow start in The Creative Championship. Jacob, who was the ‘God’s Own Team’ most consistent player, was solid at the back and missed out on being named in the TOTS narrowly. They will need him firing from the get-go next campaign.