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Valiant Vanguard bow out

By Jerry Asiegbu
Poor logistics on thepart of the Local Organising Committee, LOC, has robbed the gallant Kirikiri Warriors, Vanguard’s team, of the chance of zooming into the quarter-final of this year’s Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Media Games in football. The Warriors were made to play two matches within three hours: five-a-side and 11-a-side.

The 11-a-side match which was billed for Monday morning against News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, could not hold due to absence of match officials. Vanguard team had to wait till 1:00 p.m for a match scheduled for 8:00 a.m. before leaving the National Stadium, Surulere, venue of the match. The match was rescheduled for yesterday, but a different team, The Sun, were presented instead of NAN.  NAN were paired against Lagos Television, LTV.

The Warriors spirit was not dampened as they took on The Sun, dominating possession in the first ten minutes. Their efforts paid off in the 12th minute when striker Kasali Kudus broke loose within the vital area of The Sun and rammed home a powerful shot which sent the fans into a thunderous roar for the Warriors’ first goal.

The Warriors, who had earlier played Complete Sports in a five-a-side match at this time started looking fagged out and The Sun capitalised on this to sneak one past goalkeeper Tokunbo Edema when unmarked Olatunbunsun Ajibade, who was clearly in an offside position, took a volley in the dying minutes of the first half. The first half ended 1-1.

The score line remained unchanged at the end of the second half and in the penalty shootout that ensued, the Warriors slumped 4-5 to give The Sun the day.


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