September 11, 2015

Warriors bow out fighting

Warriors bow out fighting

Group Photograph Vanguard’s Kirikiri Warriors during NUJ Media Games 2014, held at the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. photo; Akeem Salau

By Jacob Ajom
Pre-tournament  favourites and defending champions of the Med-view/NUJ Games, football event, the Kirikiri Warriors bowed out of the competition fighting.

The Warriors were unfortunate to have met a much younger team, The Source, whose displays bellied their non-professional status. Even the spectators who included President General of the Nigerian Football Supporters Club, Dr Rafiu Ladipo, openly doubted the credentials of the team which made the Warriors look inferior in every department of the game.

The match began with the Warriors, obviously the crowd’s favourites dominating the early exchanges. But the tide changed towards the end of the first half, when the Warriors goalkeeper mistimed a short from close range. That resulted in a goal for The Source.

The second half commenced with Coach Prince Osuagwu effecting some changes in The Warriors’ line up.

The new comers obviously brought some stability in the midfield and more bite in the attack. Pressed as they tried, the Warriors were unlucky to  concede a second goal just when they needed an equaliser. A late rally by the Warriors could not yield any dividend as the winners sat back and defended their two-goal lead till the final whistle.

“In sports, you don’t win all the time. You win some and lose some,” those were the philosophical words Prince Osuagwu used to describe his team’s exit from the competition.