The story of Alimosho’s victory in the 2019 GokadaSociaLympics is proof that the age-old adage “Don’t work hard. Work smart!” might not be an empty expression after all. This is because while teams like Raineri FC and the Alat Team worked hard and put in an immense showing, Alimosho FC dethroned Raineri Ghost FC and secured a crafty win for the ages by simply working much smarter.
Raineri Ghost FC’s stat line for the GokadaSociaLympics is 4 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals and 8 Bronze medals, all adding up to a whopping 17 medals for its athletes. For context, the closest team in total medals was the Alat team with 9 medals (almost half of Raineri’s total). Unfortunately, their dominance in the winners podium did not translate to first place in the SociaLympics with Alimosho FC securing a narrow victory with a stat line of 5 Gold medals (one more than Raineri Ghost FC), 1 Silver medal and 1 Bronze medal for a total of 7 medals(less than half of Raineri Ghost FC). Alimosho’s athletes might not have lit up the 2019 GokadaSociaLympics but they got the job done.
The remarkable nature of Alimosho’s victory is even more highlighted if you breakdown the events where they secured the gold medals and ultimately their first place at the GokadaSociaLympics. The Alimosho FC Gold events are Chess (Female), Table Tennis (Male & Female), Egg and Spoon race (Male & Female). Yes, you read that correctly, at an Olympic style event, Alimosho managed to win the coveted first place without winning in any Athletic event (e.g. the Male and Female races) but instead dominating the games. If this was a deliberate strategy by Alimosho Fc or merely good fortune is unclear but what it is certain is that their unusual strategy was highly effective.
In contrast, Raineiri Ghost FC could only secure second place despite placing in the Male 100m race, the Female 100m race, the Female 200m race, the Female 400m race, the Male 800m race, the Female 800m race, the Male 4*400m race, the Female 4*400m race, the Male 4*100 relay race, the Female 4*100 relay race and the Female Sack race.
Undoubtedly, the win for Alimosho FC has revealed a strategy for other teams who can look forward to the 2020 SociaLympics and attempt to secure victory not merely by running faster or being stronger than every other team but also playing smarter.