The opening matches of the annual Sport Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos chapter football tournament (SWAN CUP) powered by bet9ja, kicked off on Independence Day at the Legacy pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos.
Defending champions, Complete Sports Communications, started their title defence with some swagger and sent a strong message to all contenders they are the team to beat.
The Mumuni Alao Boys, gunning for a record crown 3rd SWAN Cup title took out Inspiration FM 5-0 in their opening game, Sports Compass 3-1 but were held to a pulsating 2-2 draw by Radio Nigeria in their 3rd game in the group.
Star player, Johnny Edward after the game told the media their eyes is on the ultimate prize.
“We are here to win and that is our mission at this year’s bet9ja-Lagos SWAN Cup. Our goal is simply to win our 3rd title”.
Speaking about the chances of other contenders, Edward admitted Radio Nigeria, who held them to a 2-2 draw, TVC and Sports Vision look like formidable opponents.
“Honestly TVC, Sports Vision and Radio Nigeria who held us to a draw look really good. Regardless, we are ready for any opposition”.
Complete Sports’ last game of the preliminary rounds is against Sun Newspapers today.
In other results of the opening day, former champions, Sports Vision beat Goal.com 3-0 in their opener, then trashed TVC 5-1.
Sports Vision have HotSports TV and Top Radio on their plate tomorrow.
However, Voice of Nigeria (VON) made a biggest impression on Day 1, scoring 11 goals in 2 games and conceding just one. They recorded a 5-1 victory over Pooja Media and went on to stroll past Sportsville 6-0.
Nineteen media houses across Lagos are slugging it out at the Legacy pitch this year, with the grand finale coming up on Friday.
There will be free medical screening today and an honorary reception for the newly re-elected Nigeria Football Federation Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi on Thursday at the association’s secretariat in Surulere, as part of activities for this year’s Lagos SWAN Week ceremony.