The day was not sunny but the inclement weather did not cause the returning students to play a dull game.
They treated their new comrades to a 4-0 defeat in the welcome football friendly match that took place on August 26 at the GT Bank Football pitch.
In the words of a fourth-year Information Systems major Hassan Abba, who captained the returning team to victory, his team’s three goals in the first half made a point: “It is just to welcome them.” In the second half, his team was held to just one more goal as the new students became better organized.
John Dean, a third-year major in ICP who plays for Java FC, scored the first goal. The goal that came at the 12th minute of play failed to convince the new students they that they were in for a tough challenge. But unlike the returning students, they had never played together before as a team. They were the first to arrive on the pitch, and tried to warm up for the match, but had a tough time deciding who to bench as all of them were eager to play in the opening half.
Abba was the scorer of the second goal that came at the 17th minute of play through a free kick from the center of the pitch. It was a classic goal and gave a clear notion to the new students that this was no ice cream party. They would begin to struggle to get the ball passed in their side of the pitch. A third-year Economics major, Aniekeme Ukpong, scored the third goal that ended the first half of the match. Abubakar Garba scored the only goal in the second half.
Head Soccer Coach of the Stallions, Sadiq Yahaya, who coached the new students in the match, said he wanted to start identifying who among the newcomers are interested in soccer. He would tactically organize the team to get the first eleven. Mr. Yahaya said that he did find potential players who might make it to the University soccer team.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa