Victory Gives OBFC Hope of Place in Knockout Stages of World Cup
OBFC 10 ΓÇô 5 Holland
The football team of officebroker.com (OBFC) overcame Holland in the final qualifying game of the World Cup* last night and now face a nail-biting wait to see if they will progress to the final knockout stages of the tournament.
Having beaten England in their opening game and given away a good lead to Honduras in their second game, a victory for OBFC (aka Cameroon) was essential to keep their hopes of advancing to the latter stages of the tournament alive ΓÇô The team did not disappoint.
In what was a controlled and measured performance throughout, the OBFC players wore their shirts with pride and worked hard for one another until the final whistle was blown. With 6 points on the board, and a positive goal difference to back it up, the players ΓÇô along with the hopes and dreams of Cameroon – must now wait for the remaining results to roll in before knowing for sure that their role in the tournament will continue into the final week.
During an upbeat post-match press conference team representatives praised the spirit in which both the team performed and the match was played. Hat-trick hero Simon ΓÇ£I ainΓÇÖt smiling unless we win and I scoreΓÇ¥ Jones was singled out by Vice Captain Chris ΓÇ£RS8ΓÇ¥ Mapp for his role in the victory:
ΓÇ£A club needs its captainΓÇ¥ stated Mapp, ΓÇ£and last night Jonsey put in a captains performance. He led from the front and we followed, he definitely deserved his man of the match award (sorry Jim). The way he turned his man with his first goal was top class and one IΓÇÖd have been proud of! WeΓÇÖve built this team around heart, work rate and the minimum of actual skill. The commitment from everybody last night was unbelievable. IΓÇÖm proud to be a member of this squadΓÇ¥
Asked what the players felt had helped them to deliver such a solid performance, Mapp explained that while the CadburyΓÇÖs Boost, Isotonic beverages and bananas on offer certainly helped ΓÇô it was the introduction the Haka (The Maori dance often associated with the NZ All Blacks Rugby Team) to his and QuigleyΓÇÖs pre-match routine that they felt has pushed their game to a whole new level.
In other news the speculation over the future of two-goal Jim Venables has continued to grumble on with Harry Redknapp making it clear that he did not think Tottenham would suit the player: ΓÇ£JimmyΓÇÖs a great player – but I think he would stand out more at one of the smaller clubs ΓÇô maybe VillaΓÇ¥
Stewart Messenger: 1
Chris Mapp: 1
Eddie Venables: 1
Andrew Quigley: 2
Jim Venables: 2
Simon Jones: 3
*The 5-a-side World Cup tournament, which takes place at Yardley Powerleague, has been organised by the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and will help to raise money for the Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer charity as they seek to buy equipment for use at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.