By Oluwakemi Ishola
The second edition of Aare Afe Babalola/ Ibadan Bar football league has kicked off at the Olubadan stadium in Ibadan.
Our correspondent gathered that the football league is being organized by Afe Babalola and Co. in partnership with the Nigerian Bar Association, Ibadan Branch.
The football league which started in 2019 is an annual football competition amongst the Legal Practitioners in Ibadan within the Ibadan Bar famously known as the Premier Bar.
The Competition known as AARE AFE BABALOLA, SAN/IBADAN BAR FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2020 according to the organizers is part of the Law Week Celebration of the Ibadan Bar for the year 2020.
It was organized to celebrate and honour Aare Afe Babalola, OFR, CON, SAN, FNIALS, FCIArb for his contribution to legal practice and to Nigeria at large.
This year’s competition has a total of twelve teams participating.
This year’s competition which started on Friday featured eight teams in four groups participating.
According to Afe Babalola and Co partner, Oluwasina Ogungbade, the football Competition was chosen as a mark of honour for the Founder/Principal because of his love and passion for the game.
Ogungbade said, “Aare Afe Babalola always finds time to watch good football despite his very busy working schedule.
“This is the Second Edition of the competition. This competition will increase the bonding and deepen the friendship amongst Lawyers in the Premier Bar. A cash award of the sum of N250,000 will be given to the winning team; N150,000 to the 2nd placed team and N100,000 to the third placed team.
During the opening of the 2020 edition of the league, 8 teams in four groups participated at the matches that took place at Olubadan stadium.
The teams are, Agbaje, Agbaje vs. Olujinmi Akeredolu, Lateef Fagbemi vs. Abike Chambers, Emmanuel Chambers vs. MFL Chambers and Makanjuola Esan vs. Gbadamosi & Adebayo.
The results of the matches showed Emmanuel Chambers 2 – MFL Lana 3, Lateef Fagbemi 1 – Abike Chambers 5, Makanjuola Esan 0 – Adebayo & Gbadamosi 4, while the match between Agbaje, Agbaje v Olujimi & Akeredolu was a walk over l In favour of Olujimi & Akeredolu.