On a thrilling final day of the season, Okaka Football Club emerged winners of the 2023 Lagos divisional football Association (LDFA) League in their debut season as they look forward to greater achievements.
In the final match played at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Okaka defeated HOM Football Academy 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 full time.
In the closely fought final, Babatunde Damilola equalized for Okaka in the second half after they conceded in the first half but vctory was assured in the ensuing penalty shootout.
Earlier in the regular season and road to the league crown, Okaka FC had finished second in group A behind Pat FC on goals difference after both teams ended with 18 points winning six of the seven matches played and losing just one as they qualified for the Super Four playoffs alongside Pat FC.
The Lekki based team went on to beat all to come tops and HOM Football Academy placed second to set the stage for the championship game between the two.
The Nationwide League Division One, NLO, team was winning their very first trophy and they did it in extraordinary style in their very first time of participation in the LDFA League.
Chairman of the Club, Chief Madueke (Okaka) recognised how his team have progressed.
“The boys have done well and I commend them, I am full of joy that we are indeed making progress and we want to stay on the right track”, Chief Madueke said.
“As a new team we aim to keep moving forward as quickly as we can. We know that we will not achieve all our goals in a hurry, but we will do it step by step.”
Team manager of the Club, Bugana Tochukwu was full of delight over his youngsters performance and celebrated his players.
“The team is just about a year old and we’ve already won the State League. I am really proud of our boys, they really shocked other teams that participated in this league”
Okaka FC also played in the ongoing NLO season but failed to win their group but Bugana said they still have so much more to offer.
“Okaka FC have been on a meteoric rise up the football pyramid over this short period of existence. We will seek to organize more scouting events for our players to be scouted by Foreign scouts.”
This is an exciting time for the club and they are hoping to make next season “a season of consolidation and steady evolution’.