After suspense and long wait, the Ottasolo Pre Season Tournament is here. The championships will begin on 1st November and will run through November 7 as the best in the country compete and fans get to enjoy one of the prestigious Pre-season competitions.
The competition will hold at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos.
Lagos stage is set for a 10-team tournament. Two groups of five will face off with 4 teams, the top two in each group will then advance to a semi-final stage.
Per usual, the tournament is wide open with several club representing serious contenders to take home the trophy.
But which teams should you bank on at the maiden edition? And are there any underdogs worth considering? Here’s a full rundown of the favorites to win the tournament ahead of the start of the championship.
Kwara United is almost an irresistible favorite. They have talent by the truck load and have proven, beyond all doubt, they have the nerve and temperament to succeed on the big stage.
The Harmony Boys have turned patience into an art form. Methodical in their approach, the Ilorin based side put a premium on possession and are prepared to wait for the right time to strike. Rarely will United risk losing the ball by simply launching it into the penalty area. Rather the ploy is to retain possession and tempt the opponent out of position before upping the tempo and attacking at the critical moment. The coaching crew led by Abdullahi Biffo has done a lot to mold the team.
Players to watch in the team are Jide Fatokun, Kabir Balogun, Dele Aiyenugba, Afees Nosir, Junior Lokosa and Samad Kadiri.
3SC is nipping at Kwara United’s heels. But for some wasteful finishing in Ijebu Ode, the Oluyole Warriors could have been rated as number one favorite for Ottasolo Pre Season Tournament. There is every reason to suspect Stars will go deep into this tournament and perhaps make up for the heartbreak of Dapo Abiodun Pre Season.
This club combines two essential ingredients necessary for success: flair and physicality to get the job done. Scoring goals should not be a problem with Gafar Olafimihan a proven big time player.
One of the abiding memories of the Dapo Abiodun Pre Season Tournament was a string of impressive performances by a Sunshine Stars team yet to reach its peak. With one of two exceptions this is a new Owena Whales playing the game very differently from its predecessors.
The traditional hallmarks of Sunshine Stars teams have been power, discipline and stamina. Coach Deji Ayeni has shifted the emphasis to speed, creativity and flexibility with the current crop and achieved impressive results. He helped them survive relegation against all odds last term. Stars are almost always a factor – expect nothing different and you won’t be surprised.
Ademetan Abayomi has always dreamt of being a sports journalist. His journey began 11 years ago when he created my first sports news page on Facebook, called “Futball Galore” and from there on his passion for sports journalism grew stronger. Now, he is a Sports News Reporter and Feature Writer where he strives to add value and learn as much as he can.
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