Underdogs stun Sunday League cup favourites
Badu Sports celebrate winning the Camden Sunday League’s Senior Cup after beating Hurricanes
19 April, 2018 — By Charlie Corbett
‘This victory shows we can beat the best,’ says Badu Sports skipper after 2-0 win
UNDERDOGS Badu Sports FC showed just what happens when they put “100 per cent” effort into a matchday as they caused a major cup upset at the weekend by beating the strongest team in the Camden Sunday League.
The Hurricanes have been blowing away their rivals at Hackney Marshes this season, winning both the Division One title and the Challenge Cup.
They were odds-on to upgrade their double success to a treble when they stepped out onto the showpitch ahead of the Senior Cup final against Badu Sports – a team they have already beaten 3-1 and 5-3 this term.
But their opponents had other ideas, as goals from Ross McCarthy and Ruben Alves sealed a 2-0 win to spark wild scenes of celebration. Now captain Kevin Badu says that his charges are ready to mount a serious title challenge next season.
“We have been going for three years, now, so we have established ourselves in this league,” he said. “This victory shows that we can beat the best so next season we have to be aiming for the big one – the Division One title.”
Badu Sports, which doubles up as a football coaching company that goes into schools across Camden and Islington, have been no strangers to success during their short spell in the Camden Sunday League.
In their first season they won the treble, consisting of the Division Three title, the Junior Cup and the President’s Cup. In their follow-up campaign they again sealed promotion, and also retained the President’s Cup.
But the captain isn’t dwelling on their recent successes as he prepares for a more settled future on the pitch.
He said: “We were always confident of victory going into Sunday’s final as we have won all of our last seven matches on the showpitch. We played well and it earned us a great result.
“You could say we haven’t put 100 per cent effort into every match this season, which is incredibly frustrating. But fortunately that hasn’t been the case when it has come down to the cups.
“We finished third in the top flight of the league, which isn’t bad, but it has been a right rollercoaster campaign, from the results to players coming and going. We have a settled team, now, so this will change. Now we want to be crowned Division One champions.”