Coca-Cola Hails Team Nigeria For Winning Seven-A-Side Tourney
COCA-COLA Nigeria Limited has congratulated Nigeria for winning the Seven-Aside Unified Soccer tournament at the just concluded 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, USA.
The team, sponsored by Coca-Cola Nigeria, clinched the gold medal after defeating the Russian team in an intense final match that was decided on penalty shoot outs after a 2-2 draw at full time.
The match ended in a 4-3 victory in favour of the Nigerian team.
To get to the final, Team Nigeria, which was the toast of the tournament, beat South Africa 6-0, Burkina Faso 3-1 and the highly rated German team by 1-0.
The team’s firing power was evidently buoyed by a month long pre-games training and practice sessions in Ijebu Ode where, under the auspices of Coca-Cola, some of Nigeria’s celebrated football stars, including Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Babayaro, Peter Rufai and Ifeanyi Udeze volunteered hours of coaching that inspired the players and sharpened their skills for the encounter with teams from other countries.
At the post-match media parley, Team Nigeria Unified Soccer Coach, Stephen Adeyemo, dedicated the victory to Coca-Cola Nigeria for the “relentless support, inspiration and belief in the Unified Soccer Team every step of the way – from the inspiring camp visits in Nigeria and here in LA, to the pep talks during matches”.