The opening matches of the annual Sport Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter football tournament (SWAN Cup) kicked off on Independence Day at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos. The competition is powered by Bet9ja.
Defending champions, Complete Sports, started their title defence with some swagger and sent a strong message to all contenders they are the team to beat.
The Mumuni Alao Boys, gunning for a record third SWAN Cup title took out Inspiration FM 5-0 in their opening game and then swept past Sports Compass 3-1 before being held to a pulsating 2-2 draw by Radio Nigeria in their third game in the group.
Star player, Johnny Edward told the media after the matches that their eyes are on the ultimate prize.
He said, “We are here to win and that is our mission at this year’s Bet9ja/Lagos SWAN Cup. Our goal is simply to win our third title.”
Speaking about the chances of other contenders, Edward admitted Radio Nigeria, who held them to a 2-2 draw, TVC and Sports Vision also look quite formidable as opponents.
“Honestly TVC, Sports Vision and Radio Nigeria who held us to a draw look really good. Regardless, we are ready for any opposition”.
Complete Sports’ last game of the preliminary rounds is against Sun Newspapers and billed for Tuesday.
In other results of the opening day, former champions, Sports Vision beat Goal.com 3-0 in their opener, then trashed TVC 5-1. Sports Vision have HotSports TV and Top Radio next on their plate.
However, Voice of Nigeria (VON) made a biggest impression on Day 1, scoring 11 goals in 2 games and conceding just one. They recorded a 5-1 victory over Pooja Media and went on to stroll past Sportsville 6-0.
Nineteen media houses across Lagos are slugging it out at the Legacy Pitch this year, with the grand finale coming up on Friday.