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Ambode Farewell: Okocha, Diouf,  Africa legends light up Agege Stadium as game ends 4-4

Former African and Nigerian stars brought back good memories as they played a 4-4 draw at Agege Stadium on Saturday.

The match, which was played in honour of outgoing Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode brought out flashes of brilliance from the stars who brought back nostalgic feelings and drew applause from the appreciative fans.

Austin Jay Jay Okocha in action during the Ambode Farewell Match at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. PHOTO: BOLA OMILABU

Save for Obafemi Martins who still plays actively in the Chinese League, others were retired stars who were happy to thrill their teeming fans.

Former Liverpool star, El hadji Diouf was the most active player on the field with beautiful displays.

The Nigerian legends were the quicker off the blocks as they got the opening goal through Nwankwo Kanu. However, the African legends replied with three goals through former Guinean captain, Titi Camara, Senegalese Khalilou Fadiga and Kada Keita.

At the resumption of the second half, the Nigerian legends improved their performance and they reduced the tally with a well taken freekick by Garba Lawal to put scores at 3-2.

However, the African legends scored through another penalty from Diouf to make it 4-2. The Nigerian legends scored two more goals through Obafemi Martins and Ayo Makun to bring to end the game 4-4.

Diouf stated that he was happy to play in the game was not happy to draw the game. He noted that he always like to win no matter the magnitude of the game.

He commended Governor Ambode for backing the game and bringing the legends together. “I am happy to be part of this game.

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“It’s good to be with the legends of African football. I am sure games like these will help foster unity among us, ” he added.

Meanwhile outgoing Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has commended the organisers for making the match a reality.

“I am deeply honoured by this gesture and I appreciate everyone who made this testimonial match a reality; the organisers, the players, all the people who came to watch and all Lagosians. Thank you all. I am very grateful,” he posted on his official Twitter handle after the match.

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