It’s a known fact that an unhealthy population has a direct or indirect impact on social security and healthcare costs. The risks are becoming an ever-increasing burden on the economy. Scientific evidence clearly shows that sedentary lifestyles, irregular exercise and poor diet can lead to ill health, particularly later in life.
In a bid to promote bonding among staffs and encourage good and healthy lifestyles for more productivity at workplace, BusinessDay, Nigeria’s leading financial newspaper on Saturday, April 6, kicked off the third edition of the of BusinessDay Brook 5-aside Football Tournament held on Saturday, April 6 at the Mini Stadium, Ibiere Crescent, Apapa, Lagos.
It was a time of fun and excitement, as the hot sun could not deter players from playing the games and entertaining BusinessDay staff and fans who took time to catch and enjoy the beautiful round leather game.
Four teams in the male category competed for the trophy which includes; Brook Bombers, tutored by Oghenevwoke Ighure; Brook Shooters, anchored by Fabian Akagha; Patrick Atuanya managed Brook Liners and Ifeanyi Emaka coached Brook Siders.
Also, Ijeoma Ude’s Brook Babes competed against Yvette Uloma Dimiri’s Brook Angels in the female category.
The matches kicked off after a beautiful rendition of the Nigerian National anthem by Kemi Ajumobi.
In the first game played, highly rated and energetic Brook Bombers, lost to Brook Liners in a penalty shoot out after a 2-2 draw in regulation time.
In the second game played, defending champions Brook Siders defeated Brook Shooters 4-2 to book a place in the final with Brook Liners
Then came the final match of the day as the Brook Liners tried all they could to stop Brook Siders from retaining the trophy. The game ended a goalless draw in regulation time and Brook Siders narrowly edged Brook Liners in keenly contested penalty shot out to retain the trophy.
The side attraction of the event was the female final game between Brook Angels tutored by Yvette Uloma Dimiri against the rugged Brook Babes tutored by Ijeoma Ude.
The tension soaked cracker saw Brook Angels defeated the Brook Babes 1-0 to retain the trophy.
In the third place game, Brook Bombers outclassed Brook Shooters 2-1 to claim the third place price.
For her impeccable display, Brook Angels captain, Yvette Uloma Dimiri won the most valuable player in the female category, while Brook Bomber’s Wahab Azeez Olanrewaju, who had an amazing performance won the male most valuable player.
Apart from trophies won, individual awards and cash prices were handed out to the best male and female teams and medals given to the highest goal scorers, most valuable players in both categories.
The climax of the event was a raffle draw where lucky winners won cash prices and different prizes ranging from Smile Internet modern, umbrellas, movie tickets etc.