TCC Season Review - Dannaz FC
Not all teams can pull off a fifth-place finish in their maiden TCC League season. But Dannaz pulled it off, finishing bottom of the top half of the table in the 2021/2022 season.
In their second season in the league, led by Coach Akande Fatai, set out to push all boundaries and manage a better finish than they did in the previous season.
It wasn’t the smoothest of starts for Dannaz as they succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Gbagada in their season opener. They however bounced back to winning ways in their second game of the season, as they put three past Dino SC.
The euphoria of getting their first win of the season was drowned by their second defeat of the season, this time at the hands of Broad City, away from home. Despite playing two more games in October – one in the league and one in TCC Cup, both against Imperial FC – Dannaz failed to register their second win of the season. During the month, they failed to keep a clean sheet, conceding in all of their five games played.
Dannaz started November with a 3-2 win over Valiant FC. Starman, Paul Aderibigbe, was again on target as he scored twice. For the first time in the season, Coach Akande Fatai’s Dannaz featured three different scorers in a game as they triumphed 3-1 over Iganmu, a result that saw them climb up to sixth on the table.
Atlantic Business was up next for Dannaz. And again, they scored three goals – making it the third game in a row in which they scored three goals. The goals dried up when they visited Sporting Lagos in their last game of November.
But Dannaz bounced back to winning ways in their first game of December as they scored four against Beyond Limits in their second TCC Cup game of the season. Back to the league, a 2-1 win over Broad City was followed by a 1-1 draw against Coach Olumide’s side at the Remo Stars Stadium.
Despite losing their penultimate game of the year – a 2-1 loss to Sporting Lagos – they rounded out their year with a tight win over Dino SC – Obakimi Joshua’s scored the winner in the 91st minute of the game.
Fired up for the new year, Dannaz started with a 4-1 win over Atlantic Business, a win that saw them jump up to third on the log. This was followed by a 2-2 draw against Iganmu FC in the league and another draw against the same opponent, this time in the cup.
After securing qualification to the knockout stages of the TCC Cup, Dannaz continued their unbeaten start to the year. A barren draw against Valiant was followed by a 3-1 win over Imperial and a 2-2 draw against Broad City.
Atlantic Business was the next team in their way, this time in the cup. While Beyond Limits were scoring seven goals against Iganmu FC, Dannaz failed to score against their opponents. They went on to secure their semi-final ticket via penalties.
They wrapped up their TCC League season with a loss against Dino and a win, on the final day, against Gbagada. Although they failed to scale the Valiant hurdle in the semi-final, they managed a fourth-place finish in the league – one better than they achieved in their maiden season.
Paul Aderibigbe was one of the shining lights in Dannaz’s season, scoring a quarter of the goals his side managed in the season. Onoja Matthew is also another worthy mention as he recorded 22 successful dribbles – fifth highest of the season – and also made five assists.