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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NUGA 2017: Suspension lifted as UAM Wins football opener

Hosts, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM) football team on Monday defeated Kaduna State University (KASU) to record their first win of the 25th Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) Games. 

The teams playing yesterday after resuming for the Games suspended on Sunday, kept spectators thrilled as they displayed soccer skills which ended 2-0 in favour of the hosts. The two goals were scored by Asen Wade, Jersey in the 20th minutes into the start of the first half, while the second goal was scored by Ebuka Odenigbo, 10 seconds into the second half of the encounter.

The KASU side, fielding tall and skillful payers, tried to record a goal in the first match, watched by a large turnout of spectators but it proved abortive.The UAM side, enjoying robust home support, kept the Kaduna boys in the midfield, thereby limiting their chances at goals. The KASU team suffered frustrations as all sharp shots at goals were parried by goalkeeper, Daniel Nwabuogo.

Speaking after the match, coach Finbar of the UAM, described the match as “tense”, saying that both teams were apprehensive. He said the opponents were good and were a side to watch in the competition.

In the second Mach of the tournament, Bayero University, Kano (BUK), earned the essential two points of the match as they piped University of Calabar 2-1 in a highly entertaining encounter, which put spectators on the edge of their seats throughout the match.

Federal University of Technology of Akure, proved their football prowess over Rivers State University of Technology, beating them 2-1 in a match described by spectators as “lack luster”. Meanwhile, coaches at the ongoing NUGA Games at the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi (UAM) have complained of the poor facilities at the venues.

To read our report on the earlier NUGA 2017 games suspension, please click here

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