In preparation for the December 2017 Nigerian Private University Games (NPUGA) in Abuja the Stallions had their second friendly encounter, this time against a national league team Adamawa United on October 13.
After the Stallions last match with Jimeta Selected a fortnight ago, the coaching crew agreed that the team needed a tougher match. As the match ended by a lone goal in favor of the visiting team, one can safely say that the Stallions lost the battle, but not the war, since the Stallions’ play impressed the entire coaching crew.
Adamawa United started proving its mettle from the first minute of play. Nevertheless, the Stallions players were in no way intimidated.
After a 10-minute halftime break, both teams returned to the pitch and had a match that was as rigorous as the first half. While the Stallions had been the better team during this second half, they were not lucky enough to have a goal even when the visiting team had player sent off towards the end of the play.
Stallions’ Head Coach, Sadiq Yahaya, said he was very impressed that the team was taking shape and had a formidable play. He added that their many training sessions had begun to pay off. “It is not easy to play with this team because they are the number one football stars in Adamawa. Football is their job. They get paid for it.”
He said that there is need to work on the finishing and defense of the Stallions ahead of NPUGA. “This was a very good game. You can see that the Stallions had many missed opportunity for a goal.”
A member of the coaching crew, Simon Caleb, observed that the Stallions showed too much respect for Adamawa United and did not play their normal game at first but that during the halftime, the crew made them understand that they needed to put away such mindset and play the game as if they were equals.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa