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Vanguard beat Life out of ‘em

By Jerry Asiegbu
The Kirikiri Warriors, Vanguard Media’s football team, yesterday, beat the National Life Newspapers team 1-0 in a five-a-side match in the on-going Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Media Games organised by the Lagos State Council.

The game which held at the National Stadium, Surulere, saw the Kirikiri Warriors displaying skill and artistry to the admiration of the cheering fans, who called for extension of the time allowed for the game to enable them have more of entertaining soccer, but the referee could not bend the rules. The Warriors dominated play from the first blast of the whistle but poor marksmanship denied them what would have been goals feast. Vanguard’s Rasaki Adiatu scored the only goal of the match in the second half.

In the matches played on Saturday, Champion Newspapers lost 0-1 to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, while the friendly match between Lagos State NUJ and Ogun State ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Kirikiri Warriors will at 8:00 a.m today take on the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in a 11-a-side match, which the Warriors hope to win easily.

Earlier at the opening ceremony on Saturday, the chairman of the occasion, Olusegun Runsewe, called on governments in Nigeria to join hands to set up a sports foundation to be domiciled in Lagos to cater for our retired sportsmen and women who gave their all to make us proud. He described as unacceptable a situation where our sports heroes were left to die in abject poverty.

Runsewe, who is also the chairman, Board of Trustees of NUJ Lagos State Council said the foundation would encourage our youths to aim for excellence knowing that at the end of the day they would have something to fall back to.


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