Falana & Falana, the surprise team of the 2016 BOA Lawyers Football Tournament is set to battle Olisa Agbakoba Legal in the final slated for Sunday April 24.
After missing out of the competition meant for practicing lawyers in Lagos, Falana & Falana returned determined not to play second fiddle to any of the 16 law firms participating at this edition.
Now, the Ikeja GRA-based team is set to take on defending champions, Agbakoba.
To reach the final, Falana & Falana penultimate weekend defeated Aluko & Oyebode 2-0 in the semi final with Tayo Fashanu and Tony Ajadi’s ninth and 18th-minute goals respectively separating the sides.
Falana had similarly sent packing former champions, Lagos State Ministry of Justice (LSMJ) by the same margin with Fashanu also accounting for both goals.
However, it remains to be seen if Agbakoba will surrender its crown without a fight. OAL insiders told THISDAY at the weekend that they aiming for an encore.
“As you know our pedigree, we don’t just boast but have what it takes to retain the title. We are not scared rather it should be Falana & Falana who should be afraid of meeting us in the final come Sunday. We are the defending champions and should be accorded all the respect we deserve,” observed one of the top supporters of OAL who simply identified himself as John during the semi final clash with Tayo Oyetibo/Bayo Osipitan.
That semi final clash sapped OAL players as it deadlocked at regulation time. Agbakoba escaped into the final courtesy a 4-3 victory in a penalty shootout.
The Bankole Olumide Aluko Football Tournament (BOA), also known as Lawyers’ League, is held in memory of the late lawyer, Bankole Olumide Aluko, a founding partner in the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode, who passed on 14 years ago.