Attacking midfielder, Udeozor Onyeka, was the hero after Dannaz football club defeated Bravos Knights 3-1 to lift the 2018 Bet9jaSociaLiga title on Sunday
Onyeka netted two goals as the SociaLiga debutants became just the second club to ever win the coveted crown at a well attended 2018 SociaLiga XmasFestival.
Onyeka gave Dannaz an early lead when he converted from the spot, but that goal only lasted few minutes as Saka Godspower drew Bravos level with a superb effort from 20yards.
Onyeka struck again in the second half to restore his side’s lead, before Emmanuel Precious sealed the victory with a late rebound.
“I thank God for the win, I thank God for my life,” opined a grateful Onyeka after the game.
It was indeed a keenly contested encounter under a very sunny weather and an electrifying atmosphere provided by the spectators during the grand finale which lived up to its pre-match hype at the magnificent Children’s International School stadium in Lekki Phase one, Lagos.
Both sides wanted to win and went all out for the kill. Bravos started the brightest and dominated proceedings early on in the match.
However, Dannaz weathered the early storm to find themselves ahead when Onyeka scored a controversial penalty to put them 1-0 up.
It was a goal that came against the run of play, but it did not last long as Bravos found their way back into the game in a wonderful way.
Powerful player, Godspower, met a loose ball before letting fly from 20yards a shot which sailed past the brilliant Ebuka Enock in goal for Dannaz to draw Bravos level.
It was no less than Alabi Kazeem’s Knights deserved, but both sides failed to add to the score line with the first half locked at 1-1.
In the second half, it was Dannaz who took over the initiative and were rewarded when Onyeka grabbed his second of the match with a well taken free kick.
Bravos did fight back, but despite creating the chances to draw level for the second time, the goal remained elusive as Dannaz’s goalkeeper, Ebuka, proved a mighty wall in between the sticks.
With time running out on them, whatever plans Bravos had of coming back into the game vanished when Precious sealed a deserved victory for Dannaz with their third goal of the day, scoring from a rebound after Bravos’ goalkeeper parried a free kick into the lurking forward who made no mistakes to make it 3-1 from close range.
A convincing victory for the SociaLiga newbies, who were quite clearly the better side throughout the season, becoming the first side since dethroned champions, Saints football club, to lift the title.
“I feel very happy after the hard work,” an elated Dannaz boss, Danny Nazzal, told thesocialiga.com moments after the match. “[For] 12 months, we have been working hard, the boys have been working hard and they really wanted this [win]. I am very very happy for them and they did well.”