The 2021 National Engineering Games ended in Abuja on Monday with Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Abuja Branch walloping NSE Ilorin Branch 2 goals to nil to emerge winners, giving it its fourth successive title in the game’s history.
Osas Agbonile and Aslem Okoro scored one goal each in the first half to secure the historic victory for defending champions who made it to the final after walk over of NSE Calabar branch in the semi-finals.
On the other hand, NSE Ilorin walloped NSE Apapa 5-0 at the semi final to secure a ticket for the final with the defending champions.
The first half was dominated from the blast of the referee’s whistle by NSE Abuja took the lead 10 minutes later through Okoro’s right-footed strike.
Agbonile subsequently extended the lead to 2 in the 21st minute with a fantastic shot into the far corner after a superb cross that split the the defence of NSE Ilorin wide open. Agbonile was named Man-of-the-Match and he ended up scoring 5 goals in the tournament.
At the end of the Match, the winners pocketed N500,000 and the first runners up smiled home with N300,000 while the second runners up, the NSE Apapa Branch team, took home N200,000.
The Team Manager of NSE Abuja Branch, Douglas Oloton, told journalists at the end of the game that the team’s success was as a result of several months of training and hardwork.
“We are very excited for the victory. We’ve been training week-in week-out ahead of the competition and defeated alot of our opponents in the course of the qualifiers to get to this point.
“Incidentally, we had met our opponents in the final in the 2015 edition of the tournament in Ilorin and defeated them by the same margin.
“So, we knew our opponents’ style of play and worked on a perfect strategy to defeat them once again on home soil,” he said.
NSE President Babagana Mohammed said the 2021 NSE Games had intoned the association’s drive in fostering fitness and unity among the country’s professionals.
He also said the event had indeed fostered unity and promoted healthy living through sporting activities amongst NSE professionals.
“This initiative is aimed at fostering unity amongst the diverse ethnic groups that make up the association.
“Life is not all about work, we have to be healthy and at peace with each other in order to enjoy our hard earned wealth.
“We intend to make this an annual event after the last Games were hosted six years ago.
“We have over 100 competitors from Imo, Calabar, Kaduna, Borno, Gombe, Gusau, Benin, Rivers, Enugu and we hope that when they go back to their respective states, they will commence zonal competitions,” he said.
Kenol Nig. Ltd. Executive Director Margaret Oguntala, on behalf of her company which sponsored the football tournament, said sponsoring the games was part of their Coporate Social Responsibility.
“It feels great to sponsor this tournament as we are satisfying one of the objectives of the company which is Corporate Social Responsibility.
“Also, we thought it was expedient for us to be a part of this as corporate fair members of the NSE as a way of contributing to the development of the games of the NSE.
“The idea of the games was conceived in 2011 and we have been sponsoring it annually. It’s gone round across the country with 86 branches of the NSE taking part in the tournament.
“We also intend to contribute to the development of the country through the sporting sector; as engineers we are geared at building and we take nation building as our core mandate,” she added.