TCC Season Review - Dannaz FC
Dannaz FC of Lagos didn’t take part in the maiden edition of the Creative Championship. The Cedars only became a part of the league when an expansion became necessary coupled with the promotion of Ijebu United of Ogun State to the second division of Nigerian football.
In their debut campaign in the 2021-22 season, Dannaz had a season with mixed results. They, however, might still be happy with what they achieved generally.
Under the tutelage of Fatai Akande, who was Ijebu United’s gaffer last term, the Lagos-based team made their TCC Cup debut against Emmydinho. Amodu Musa scored a late equalizer to save his side from the jaws of defeat.
During the course of the TCC Cup group stages, the Cedars scored in every game and recorded just a win (3-1 v Valiant), and defeats to Dino Sporting Club and Beyond Limits preceded that win in the final group game.
In the end, Akande’s boys finished with just four points from four games (1pt per game) and missed out on a spot in the semis of the cup tournament.
Going by what they did in the Cup, the result in their opening game v Dino was unexpected. The Cedars won 1-0 away at the Dipo Dina Stadium in January. Precious Emmanuel etched his name in the history books by scoring his side’s first-ever TCC league and that was all they needed to claim a debut win.
Unfortunately, they could not maintain that form as they suffered three consecutive defeats to Gbagada, Atlantic Business and defending champions Beyond Limits(formerly Remo Stars U19). They managed to arrest the situation by claiming some wins against Iganmu and Broad City.
Apart from the opening match-week win at Dino, another highlight of their season was the 4-3 win at then TCC Cup defending champions, Gbagada FC.
Dannaz finished fifth on the final log with 25 points – five more than any other newly joined member of the TCC League.
Standout Performer – Sherif Woleola
The midfielder was ever-present in his side’s campaign this season. He made 18 appearances in the league and got the highest kindex rating – 65.3 – no other player came close in the team. The Skipper distinguished himself as one of coach Akande’s trusted legs.
Having done decently in their debut campaign, the Cedars could have their eyes set on the ultimate trophy – league or cup – next season.