Profiling AFAS Super 4 Teams

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Olamilekan Mashika


Every academic session, in the pilot cup competition of Association of Faculty of Arts, four teams, who were semi-finalists from the previous session’s Dean’s cup, are put together in a knockout format to decide who the big team is, and who holds the ultimate bragging rights before the main competition, which would be that session’s Dean’s cup. Think of the Spanish super cup and the format, that is exactly how the AFAS Super 4 tournament is hosted. Traditionally, all the matches are played at the SUB stadium.


In this year’s men’s Super 4, Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics, Arabic and Islamic Studies and Communication and Language Arts all aspire to get their hands on the first silverware of the sporting season. In this piece, we will carefully look at all the teams and attempt to predict who the winner of the competition will be.


Likely winner
Anthropology
The only team other than Linguistics who has won any AFAS football cup competition in the past 6 to 7 years. They are the defending champions of the AFAS Dean’s cup after defeating Classics in a well controlled game in which they showcased a superior game plan. This year, they are certainly looking to replicate their success at this competition which has settled for Philosophy as its customary winner. But with Philosophy not taking part in the competition for the first time in more than 7 years, they are looking to take the silverware home. ‘Andah Boys’ as they are famously called, play with a rigid game style that sees them defend solidly and hit very sharp on the counter attack. They do not need much of the ball to win games, and their rigged style, which mirrors that of Atletico Madrid in their days of glory, has delivered them the Dean’s cup in 2 out of the previous 3 sessions. In this super 4 competition, they are definitely the one to look out for and unlike Classics, they show up in big games and finals which is what gives them the edge.


Bookmaker’s favorite
Classics
They are the everyday finalists, who seem to have made being second an art and have made it their birthright. They play brilliant football all through any cup competition, except the finals. They have taken silver in 3 Dean’s cup and 2 Super 4 competitions. Each year since the last 3 years, they have entered the final of both the Dean’s cup and the Super 4 but they just cannot seem to cross the finish line. Would this year be any different? Perhaps! While they are favorites to win every AFAS competition every year, they don’t seem to have what it takes to win a final which is what gives Archaeology the edge. However, with the absence of Philosophy, their chances of winning have increased tremendously. The Spartiates play an attacking based football that see them have the lion share of possession and are lethal in the final third. This is evident from their 6-2 win of CLA in the semi-final of the Dean’s cup where they absolutely blitz past their blue shirt counterpart.


Very slim chance
Communication and Language Arts
They blow hot and cold. They are that department that could mercilessly defeat a team one day and get mercilessly destroyed the next day. Their consistency has always been an issue in AFAS football. About 3 years ago, many thought they were a team to look out for, but their failure lay bare and no one really gave them any look. Then last year, they rose back to the perusing eyes of AFASites by reaching the semi finals of the Dean’s cup before they were blown away by lightning Classics 6-2. They play an all-attacking football and have always had a problem with how to defend. They do not seem to know how. While they are a side to fancy, they do not have what it takes to defeat AFAS powerhouse teams like Archaeology and Classics and so they would fall short in this competition. However, they are that team that could spring up another surprise just like they did last year.


Outsiders
Arabic and Islamic Studies
They were the surprising semi-finalists of last year’s Dean’s cup. No one really expected them to even get past the group stage, but they did and played some beautiful football in the quarter finals. They do not have that much pedigree in AFAS football in the last decade, but they are proving to be the department to take seriously. They balance both offensive and defensive play and always attempt to overcrowd the midfield area so that the play does not happen in their penalty area. While they play good football and solidly, they are still not yet to be considered as a powerhouse in AFAS football and no one really sees them winning any competition for now. However, if they continue their play and improve, it might just be the beginning of a new dawn for AFAS football

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