Westerlo football academy held a Nigeria Professional Football League selected side to a 3-3 draw in a test game played at Isheri , Lagos on Wednesday.
The highly entertaining encounter saw the academy run by former Nigeria goalkeeper Joseph Dosu open the flood gates of goals through Alimi Jamiu before a fine effort from Adewunmi Jelili doubled their advantage thanks to a defensive mishap from the Nigeria league stars.
Few minutes into the second half, 3SC’s Gbolahan Salami won a penalty for his side that was converted by Francis Edem. On resumption of the second half, Chibuike Meschack leveled scores for the NPFL selected outfit. Westerlo then shot to the lead few minutes later through Sani Riliwan before Jimoh Oseni restored parity for the premier league players.
Speaking to Goal after the match, Dosu expressed delight with the turn out of football fans and promised to organize more matches in future.
“This is a platform we put to ensure top players from the Nigeria Premier League get to play against the academy. It’s a nice thing to do and it gives the people of Isheri opportunity to watch their local heroes play and also interact with them,” said Dosu.
“This is the third edition and I can assure you that when the foreign-based professionals come home on holiday, we will bring them around to play against the Westerlo Academy,” he concluded.
Players like Olufemi Oladapo, Ayo Saka, Yusuf Babatunde, John Dosu, and Yemi Olanrewaju were some of the NPFL stars on parade.