By Richard Animam
The last time Ikeja Golf Club and Ibori Golf and Country Club, Asaba met at the 10 holes golf club located inside the GRA in Ikeja, Lagos, the Delta State side left Lagos with their ego boosted.Â The IGCC team led by Captain Daniel Mayuku shook the whole of Ikeja as they stormed Ikeja with over 60 golfers and consequently white-washed Ikeja golfers right there on their course.
Ikeja players gave all kinds ofÂ excuses for their loss to IGCC but the bottom line was that they were roundly beaten at home and Captain Kunle Ogunleye could simply not believe what had taken place.
The likes of Muyideen Olaitan, Chris Obije, Yomi Egbe and other single handicappers in Ikeja, could not rescue the Lagosians, as the Asaba golfers taught them a lesson or two in golf. Having played with stronger clubs like IBB, Enugu, and few others, IGCC players knew that there was no where to hide for the Lagosians, who were totally outclassed and outplayed. It was a great away victory for the Deltans.
Today, as you read this piece, the Ikeja side led by Captain Kunle Ognnleye are in Asaba for a revenge mission.Â Ever since that defeat, They have not stopped talking about a revenge and thus as Ikeja file out this morning in Asaba, they have only one thing at the back of their mind. Revenge.|
But at the sprawling 18 holes golf facility atÂ IGCC, Ikeja players will need more than a strong resolve to beat the Asaba players. The Asaba golfers know the course like the back of their handsÂ and will use this home advantage to the maximum. Mayuku has redesigned the course, creating new bunkers and expanded the existing ones.
The rough are more challenging now and has also increased the distance on someÂ holes. Even professional golfers now dread the course. At the Governorâ€™sÂ Cup, the pros could not believe their eyes as they battled to conquer the course to no avail. Players like Ali Abdullahi, Oche Odoh, Gift Willy returned to the clubhouse complaining about the tough nature of the redesigned course.
As Ikeja take on IGCC today, no doubt the course will play a big role in the titanic clash. One can only say GOOD Luck to the Lagosians.