The October 15 friendly match between the Roaring Lions (AUN Security FC) and the Faro Football Club ended in favor of the former by two goals to one.
The match was played at the GT Bank Football Pitch on the main campus.
Assistant Vice President of Security & Safety, Dr. Lionel Rawlins, who observed that his department has many talented officers, said the match was a way of engaging their talents while building relationships with affiliates and having fun. He kicked off the match, which started on a very high note, and each team had about equal ball possessions until at the 12th minute when Faro began to mount pressure on the Lions and had several goal attempts.
It would not be long before the Roaring Lions began to attack more fiercely, although a free kick at the 17th minute was futile. However, the much-needed goal for the Lions came only three minutes later and this largely challenged Faro.
While the Roaring Lions would be more aggressive for more goals, another free kick in the 22nd minute was also unsuccessful. The equalizer entered the net of the Roaring Lions after the rival team intensified its pressure. This goal came in six minutes to the end of the 35-minute first half.
During the 10-minute halftime, the Lion’s Head Coach, Abubakar Nyako, who had expected his team to win right from the outset, was still hopeful for victory.
Faro is a new team that started just two years ago. This match was their first against the Roaring Lions. Coach of the team, Nelson Humanpwa, said they believed in themselves, though he showed high regard for the Lions. He summed it up this way: “We know they train more regularly than we do.”
Captain of the Roaring Lions Paul Lukor told us that his team deserved to win. Before the invitation, he had told Faro that they should expect a defeat, “because we’ve never lost any matches at home.”
Lukor added that they would play a return match at the home base of Faro next month.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa