The third edition of the Remita Corporate Champions Cup, came to a thrilling end on Sunday as foremost telecommunications service provider, IHS emerged champions over online marketplace VConnect and six other corporate brands that took part in the tournament.
IHS defeated VConnect 4-1 on penalties in the final to emerge the winners of the third edition of the competition played at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Complex.
Both sides failed to breach the defence lines of each other as the regulation time ended goalless.
IHS scored all their kicks while VConnect players missed two to hand the trophy to IHS.
Regarded as the pinnacle of all corporate games in Nigeria, the other organisations that participated in the competition include First Bank, UBA, 9Mobile, Leadway Assurance, FrieslandCampina, and Nestle.
The participating teams were winners and runners-up of various industry games like Bankers Games, Insurance Games, FMCG Games, and Telecoms Games.
Executive Director, SystemSpecs, Nigeria’s leading financial technology firm and sponsors of the competition, Deremi Atanda, commended the organisation of the 2017 edition.
“More than all other editions, RC3 this year served as an opportunity to bring Remita closer to fellow players in Nigeria’s business space as well as numerous individual customers, in a relaxed, non-work environment,” Atanda noted.
He said the firm launched the Remita Mobile App to in August last year to help individuals and businesses to easily access their balances and operate their accounts across all banks either directly or via their cards and also settle various bills, request money, pay for others, split payments, manage their expenses, and much more.
During the tournament, a first-time user of Remita App, Adeolu Olufemi, a student of YabaTech said, “Since I downloaded Remita on my phone, I have been able to use it to request money from my parents and some friends. I look forward to using it to pay my school fees, as I know some of my colleagues are already doing.”
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper and Tournament Ambassador, Peter Rufai, noted that the competition lived up to his expectations.
Rufai who once again during the tournament wore his gloves to stop penalty kicks by key executives of participating teams, added that “the exciting atmosphere during the entire competition climaxed at the finals and it was a delight to see so much interest in football by these corporate brands.”
In the pulsating third-place fixture, Leadway defeated Nestle 3-2 to win the bronze while the title sponsor’s team, better known as Remita Eagles, played two novelty matches against the football teams of StanbicIBTC and Ecobank.