Sporting Lagos made history as they clinched the inaugural Naija Super 8, defeating Remo Stars in a thrilling final.
●17th July 2023
Sporting Lagos made history as they were crowned the champions of the inaugural Naija Super 8 pre-season tournament after a thrilling final against Remo Stars. In an enthralling encounter that ended 1-1 in regular time, Sporting emerged victorious, prevailing 4-2 in a penalty shootout. The hero of the shootout was none other than goalkeeper Christian Nwoke, who pulled off two crucial saves to secure the title for his team.
For Sporting Lagos, a club just two years old, it has been an exceptional journey from earning promotion to the NPFL to lifting the coveted Naija Super 8 trophy. The final proved to be a nerve-wracking affair, with Remo Stars giving them a late scare, led by their super-sub Adams Olamilekan. However, Sporting managed to weather the storm and came out on top.
The match started with both teams displaying great intensity, but at halftime, the scoreboard remained goalless. In the second half, it was Sporting Lagos who broke the deadlock when Chiemeka Nwokeji found the back of the net in the 51st minute. Holding onto their lead, Sporting defended with resilience as Remo Stars piled on the pressure in search of an equalizer. Olamilekan managed to score twice, but the first was controversially disallowed for offside. However, he eventually found the net with a decisive equalizer, sending the match into a penalty shootout.
The shootout showcased Sporting’s mental strength and Nwoke’s heroics. Nwoke exhibited remarkable composure and skill, denying Remo Stars on two occasions and ultimately securing the championship-clinching victory for his team.
It was a dream, now it’s a reality. @SportingLagos will cherish this moment forever. Let this moment remain evergreen💚
Sporting Lagos’ triumph was a testament to their unbeaten run throughout the tournament, with the exception of a draw against Enyimba in their opening match. Their consistent performances and determination made them the first-ever winners of the Naija Super 8. As they lifted the giant trophy and received a substantial cash prize of N 25 million, Sporting Lagos cemented their place in Nigerian football history.
The inaugural Naija Super 8 tournament provided fans with thrilling football action, music performances and Sporting Lagos emerged as deserving champions, celebrating a memorable victory in the tournament’s first edition.
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