Friesland Campina yesterday, 26th August, emerged winner of the Remita Corporate Champions Cup tournament in the final played at Yabatech Sports Complex.
The FCMB team in what seemed like uncalculated defense, created an opening that was immediately grabbed by Daniel Okoronkwo an attacker for Freisland Campina’s team, FC Wamco.
Okoronkwo capitalised on the defensive blunder to claim the winning glory in the 64th minutes of the highly entertaining clash.
The 2018 Remita Cup started with eight teams drawn from winners and runners-up in Banking, FMCG, Telecoms, and Insurance Games. While 9Moblie, Credit Direct, Unilever and IHS Towers went home in the quarterfinals, Leadway Assurance secured third place, defeating last year’s runner-up, First Bank, two goals to nil.
The Managing Director of SystemSpecs, Mr John Obaro, who did the ceremonial kick-off for the final match between FCMB and Friesland Campina said the programme is getting more interesting each year. “This is our fourth year, and clearly, it is at a much higher level than we’ve ever had it. Everybody is excited and energised. It has been an opportunity to get families together within our organisation, SystemSpecs, and also our customer organisations. We are preaching work-life balance, we believe that people will be more productive when they have a balanced work-life, which is part of our culture at SystemSpecs.”
Deremi Atanda, the Executive Director of SystemSpecs, added that “This has been the best edition so far in terms of participation. We are quite happy to be part of making this happen in corporate Nigeria.”
Before the main event kicked off, SystemSpecs once again demonstrated its commitment to social investment by commissioning newly renovated toilet facilities at the YabaTech Sports Pavilion. Commenting on this, Obaro said, SystemSpecs values good education and sound health, and supports a number of projects within those two areas. “Coming to the YabaTech Sports Pavilion for the Remita Cup, we noticed that the quality of the toilet facility is not supportive of good health, even for the students, and that was how we thought of cleaning up the place and re-equipping the facility. People have been very excited about it,” he said.
The Remita Cup tournament ambassador, Peter Rufai, fondly called Dodo Mayana bragged to the cheering crowd that age has not affected his goal-keeping skills and proved it by saving some goals during a celebrity penalty shoot-out featuring some captains of industries. “Remita deserves all the accolades for their laudable effort on ensuring that Corporate bodies engage in sports.
“Most of the staff that played here could have as well, chosen football as their career but they decided to focus on academics and another career. Remita has given these same people the opportunity to showcase that burning desire,” Rufai said.
The audience could not get enough of DMW artiste, Mayorkun. The ‘Mama’ and ‘Bobo’ crooner, had them chorusing his popular hit tracks and was excited to walk through the midst of thrilled fans during his superb performance.
During the first novelty football match on Sunday, the Sponsors’ football team, Remita Eagles defeated the organisers, Media Vision, by two goals to nil. In the second novelty match between Fintech Giants and Corporate Nigerian Hall of Famers (HOF), HOF led by a single goal.
Remita’s raffle draw and exciting half-time games saw some of the fans smiling home with a lot of goody bags. The event also featured an athletic performance by cheerleaders, who wowed the audience with their spins and stunts.