Merrybet defeat Nairabet to lift Akin Alabi football championship

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The bookmakers were separated by kicks from the penalty spot in a football tournament to mark Akin Alabi’s birthday

Merrybet defeated Nairabet 3-2 on penalties to win the seven-aside football tournament to mark business magnate, Otunba Akin Alabi’s 40th birthday.

After scores stood at 0-0, kicks from the penalty spot was used to separate both teams in the breath-taking final played at Meadow Hall, Elegushi.

Multi-award winning comedian Ayo Makun (AY Show) lost the all-important kick that denied his side the giant trophy.

Coach Opeyemi Oni's Goal Nigeria put up a brilliant display but could reach the semi-final after losing 1-0 to Naijabet.

‘’They are all my teams. We are one big family,’’ Alabi told Goal.

‘’We are all on the same side. I'm excited, happy and so overwhelmed. It was so wonderful.

‘’When one of my guys suggested the idea, I was like will they be interested but I never expected it will turn out this big. 

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‘’I was so surprised at how they came out en masse. I'm excited about the support of Goal.com. I absolutely appreciate it. They were fantastic. I was just about sending out a tweet [to show my appreciation].

‘’We are just starting. I got so much lined up. I appreciate every one.''

Yellow Lotto, EbonyBet, Surebet247, Quilox, 1960 bet, GameoneBet. Kwikbets and Celebrities all featured in the championship.

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