As the world cup swings into full action, the likes of Socrates, Zico, Junior, Eder and Falco from the samba boys of the 80s still ring bells to my ears. Of cause, I remember the likes of Diego Maradona, Tigana, Platini, Schumacher, Gerd Muller, Rummenigge, Beckenbauer etc vividly. But, there was a match in our school days that was an embarrassment to my set.
One of my fondest memories of was the 7-1 trashing by our immediate junior year- set 78. A football match was organised involving the two forms. I still remember the defeat vividly. The 77 set were overconfident and overindulged in preparing for the match. Joseph Ojo had access to Stationary Stores training jerseys. He was our year set team manager. We looked distinct and colourful in the Stationary Stores outfit, impressive as if we were professionals. Our opposition were intimidated and I guess, that spurred them, determined to defeat us.
I remember Tunde Fashola did not know which side to support, as he was much closer to Leye Shotade of set 77. The match kicked off with a big crowd cheering. I was on the left wing and my twin was in the midfield. I think Abiodun Ogunmola (Abby) was at goal, later replaced by Adefisoye (nephew of Vice Principal Olayeye). Wole Osilaja was full back, Bassey Okon to the right wing. Wilson Egbo Egbo, Leye Shotade etc were in the awful team too.
Set 78 were two goals up within 15 minutes. Extremely shocking start and we could not recover. These boys were great, dribbled and passed the ball graciously like the samba boys of Brazil. We remained passengers on the field. Our only goal was scored by solo effort of Bassey Okon, the horse. These guys milked the occasion for years! I sincerely hope the likes of Michael Igwonobe and Kola Anifowoshe will not remember this match! The Oshinowo twins were good supporters of their set! Kola Anifowoshe (Sojeh) was all over the place, doing his funny dance.