By Raphael Ekpang
Again, Like-minds Football Club of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Utako-Abuja has failed to win their visitors; The Tigers Football Club, Gudu-Abuja in a novelty match played on today in honour of Rev. Fr. Gabriel Edache who has been transferred to St. Michael Parish, Bwari.
Fr. Edache was the assistant parish priest to Very Rev. Fr. Chris Bologo in OLQP Utako, but has been transferred to St. Michael Parish, Bwari as the parish priest. Been a member of the Like-minds FC an offshoot of Catholic Men Organisation (CMO) of OLQP, Utako , the club arranged a novelty match to honour him (a great player who has spent close to two years with the club as a spiritual director and one of their finest players.)
The match was played at OLQP playing ground Utako, and commends at 8 am. Six minutes into the game, Charle Ohaji opened scoring when he nodded a cross from the left wing into the net to send the home team’s fans into wild jubilations. The game went on with Ohaji making several moves to add to his tally but his efforts proved abortive. Meanwhile, Ifaenyi Asogwa’s goal was canceled by the centrel referee.
On resumption in the second half, the visitors took an advantage of a deflected defence and poor calculation of the goal keeper and scored the equalizing goal in the 75 minutes of playing. Stanley Amadi got the equalizer for the visitors.
However, Fr. Edache who was full of appreciation for the two teams called for more love among Christians. According him, “If there is anything I will take away from the Like-minds FC of OLQP Utako is LOVE for one another.” “I want to also urge you all to continue to pray for me and all the priests of God in Nigeria and the world over, it is your prayers that keep us on. I want to promise you that since I have a chapel in my new parish, I will continue to pray for you all every Friday,” he said.