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Budweiser Game of Kings: How Carlos’ Smooth FC overcame Terry’s Kings FC

4:57 am AEDT 23/11/21
John Terry, Roberto Carlos
We look back at the novelty game pitting two of the legends of the game against each other at the weekend

  • Patoranking

    Patoranking delights fans

    The popular Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter dazzled the fans to stunning songs before the commencement of the game at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos.

  • John Terry

    Terry leads Kings FC warm-up

    Former England and Chelsea centre-back John Terry led his Nigeria Professional Football League side named Smooth FC to warm up before the novelty encounter.

  • Roberto Carlos

    Enchanted Roberto Carlos

    While warming up with his team named Smooth FC, the Brazil football legend made a brief stop to acknowledge cheers from Lagos football fans chanting his name.

    Carlos was part of the Selecao U23 team that lost to Nigeria in the semi-final of the 1996 Olympics Games staged in the United States of America.

  • Calisthenics display

    Calisthenics display

    The atmosphere was electrifying as top Nigerian music stars added glamour to the historic novelty encounter.

    Before kick-off, some selected youths from across Lagos State took part in callisthenics displays, to the delight of the fans at the Mobolaji John Arena.

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    Both teams file out

    A cross-section of Team Kings captained by Terry. They were accompanied by a member of the school of the blind. This depicts Budweiser’s interest and care for the visual impaired Nigerians and those who are physically challenged.

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    Team King FC Starting XI

    Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Solomon Moses, Adeleke Adekunle, John Terry, Sanusi Abdulmutalif, Chinonso Ezekwe, Rabiu Ali, Ugochukwu Ugochukwu Ugwuoke, Abu Azeez, Silas Nwankwo, Tosin Omoyele. This team was handled by Segun John

  • Smooth FC

    Team Smooth FC starting XI

    Stanley Nwabili, Gbadebo Samson, Ejike Uzochi, Otobong Effiong, Tope Olusesi, Daniel Wotali, Faisal Nasiru, Roberto Carlos, Stone Samuel, Uche Onwuason. Osinachi Egbuche is the manager.

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    Pre-match formalities

    After the rendition of the Nigerian national anthem and the tossing of a coin to determine the team to take the kick-off, the captains and match officials strike a pose.

    L-R: Hope Igho, Roberto Carlos, Nurudeen Abubakar, Umaru Muhammed, Efosa Celestine, John Terry, Ahmad Rabiu

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    Dilly ding, dilly dong!

    John Terry’s Kings FC dominated ball possession and were asking all the questions.

    They went close to scoring through Tosin Omoyele and Silas Nwankwo. However, goalkeeper Stanley Nwabili averted danger by making some great saves.

    On the other hand, Roberto Carlos’ Smooth FC appeared to be holding back and relying on counter-attacks.

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    Half-time: Kings FC 0-0 Smooth FC

    Both teams went straight down the tunnel. Roberto Carlos was not impressed with what he saw.

    It was very much dilly ding, dilly dang more than dilly dong as Terry's Kings FC dominated but had no goals to show for it.

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    Unexpected attack from Smooth FC

    Ikechukwu Ezenwa dived to block out a low driven attempt by Olasupo Samson from the right side of the area with his leg. It was a surging run by the forward and showed some rare intent from the Smooth FC attack.

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    FULL TIME: King FC 0-0 Smooth FC

    It ended 0-0 and the winner was decided by kicks from the penalty mark. Despite the lack of goals, the fans were excited seeing their football icons live in action

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    Smooth FC are champions

    Roberto Carlos' Smooth FC emerged as champions after saving two penalty kicks. For Terry's team, they rued their ability to convert their chances.

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    Lap of honour by Terry

    Although Kings FC ended up on the losing side, that did not stop them from applauding the teeming Lagos fans for their presence and support from start to finish.