TCC Season Review - Broad City FC
Broad City was one of the three teams that joined The Creative Championship (TCC) in its second season.
After a successful maiden season, and with Ijebu United gaining promotion to the Nigerian National League, seven teams quickly became 10.
Also known as The City’s Pride, Broad City started their campaign with the TCC Cup.
Paired in Group A alongside Gbagada, Imperial, Iganmu and Atlantic Business, Coach Christian Ikechukwu and his boys got off to a great start, registering a 2-1 win over Iganmu, Omale Isaiah got the side’s first-ever cup goal before Agbalaka Solomon secured the win via a late winner.
A first victory was quickly followed by a 3-1 win over fellow newcomers, Atlantic Business, before they succumbed to their first defeat at the hands of Imperial, despite scoring three goals. Their inability to get a result against Gbagada in their final group stage game (a 2-2) draw, meant their cup journey was cut short.
Despite getting eliminated, they scored the most goals in the group stage (10) and recorded the joint-highest ball possession (57%). Perfect start to leverage as they looked towards the league season.
Coach Ikechukwu couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. Their first assignment was to find a way past Imperial FC, just a month after losing to them. Broad City came out on top, with goalkeeper Lawrence Williams going home with the Man of the Match award.
That win was followed by two losses in a row before yet another home win, this time against Valiant. Their rollercoaster start to the season took another dip as they lost two games in a row – to Dino SC and Gbagada FC.
They bounced back to winning ways on Matchweek 7 with a 1-0 win over Dannaz. This was the first time – and one of three games in which – Broad City managed to keep a clean sheet during the season.
Encouraged by the triumph, they held the log leaders, Beyond Limits, to a goalless draw – a draw that was then followed by a seven-game winless run, which featured their largest defeat of the season, a 7-0 loss at the hands of Beyond Limits.
During the time, Coach Ikechukwu was replaced by Coach Kazeem, who took charge of over half of the league games played.
They would finish the season winning two of their last three games. But it wasn’t enough to lift them out of ninth place.
Standout Performer – Babatunde Akomolede
The defender was a central figure in Broad City’s league run, playing in 17 games. With a Kindex rating of 85.9, he was easily one of the standout players of the season. Having proved himself throughout the season, he got nominated into the TCC Team of the Season.
The Lagos side, with lessons learned from their debut campaign, will hope for a better outing in the coming season.