by Sheni (Gidirons)
Panthers and Lagos Rebels square up against each other in the second edition of the Shitsuke Flag Football League Championship. The fans have tagged this a fairytale final as both teams have a sweet story on their road to the finals.
Panthers had a woeful first season in the league. They ended the season with no win and their best result was a draw on the last day of the season. They opened the season with a well deserved win against the Stingrays and this set them up to flourish for the rest of the season. Their game is built around a stingy defensive unit with notable mention of Bare, Big Tak and Kola who marshal the safety backline.
Lagos Rebels are a new team in the league. With a few veterans, they were able to ensure the rookies blended quickly into the unforgiving intensity of the league. The Rebels started the season with no mercy by registering the first shutout of the season “27-0” against the Vipers.
The Rebels had the challenge of picking up a single championship ticket in a division that included the defending champions. The 3 games played with the defending champions “Gidirons” were of top quality. The best of the 3 was the play-off game where the Rebels clawed back a 17-0 deficit from half time to win the game 29-33 in a split 3 second game changing moment.
One thing is for sure, the Rebels and Panthers are worthy championship teams and the fans will be served a good game. Will the steel in the Panthers defense hold firm or will the swift offensive line of the Rebels break down the tough defensive line of the Panthers?
The game kicks off on Sunday 21st of October, 2018 at 2pm.