VC hails victorious UNILORIN warriors, other medalists

UNILORIN wins NUGA football Gold

…VC hails victorious UNILORIN Warriors, other medalists

The Better by far University, the University of Ilorin, again proved its mettle last Friday (March 25, 2022) in far away University of Lagos, Akoka, as it dusted all other universities by winning the most coveted football Gold medal in the just concluded 2022 edition of the Nigeria University Games (NUGA).

The University’s football squad, UNILORIN Warriors, won the football Gold by defeating the Obafemi Awolowo University football team by 5 – 4 through penalty kicks in the finals.

The final match played at the University of Lagos sports centre ended goalless at regulation time.

During the penalty shootout, UNILORIN Warriors lost one penalty while OAU lost two, with the last penalty kick converted to a goal by Olatunji Maleek for UNILORIN.

The Captain of UNILORIN
Warrior, Sadiq Ajao, told UNILORIN BULLETIN that resilience was key for his team to win the keenly contested match.

Ajao said, “It was a tough match, we wanted to play our pattern, but the OAU side having studied it stopped us from using the flanks.

“OAU is a good side with quality players, so we had to be patient to win via penalty kicks. When we lost the first
penalty, we did not lose hope; anyway, penalty is a game of luck”.

In the third place match, host Unilag defeated Nasarawa State University by 3 goals to 2.

The event tagged NUGA-UNILAG 2022 was hosted by the University of Lagos between March 16 and March 27, 2022.

To reach the finals, the UNILORIN boys whitewashed
Sokoto State University by 5-0 in their opening game before losing 0-1 to University of Benin in their second game. The better by far lads
hammered University of Calabar 3-0 in the final group game to emerge leaders of Group C with six points and a superior goal difference.

In the Quarter fnals, UNILORIN Warriors pipped Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi 1-0 before defeating Nasarawa State University 2-1 in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has
congratulated the UNILORIN Warriors for making the University proud by lifting the 2022 NUGA football trophy.

In a chat with UNILORIN BULLETIN shortly after the football final match, Prof. Abdulkareem, who
was represented at the closing
ceremony by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. Mikhail Buhari, said
the team’s victory is characteristic of the Better-by-far nomenclature of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor also congratulated all the other members of the Team UNILORIN, especially the various medal winners, for putting up a very impressive showing at the tournament.

Other senior University
officials that attended the 2022 NUGA
closing ceremony included the
outgoing Chairman of Unilorin Sport Council, Prof. Gafar Ijaiya, incoming Chairman of Sport Council, Prof. Omodele Eletta, outgoing Director of Sport, Prof. Olufunmilola Dominic, incoming Director of Sport, Dr. Tajudeen Ibrahim, coaches, athletes, alumni and current students of the University.

In his welcome
address at the Games opening ceremony penultimate Friday (March 18, 2022), the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said NUGA games had been a veritable source to producing a new galaxy of stars that would add to the national teams in various sports which would bring glory to the country and themselves in no distant future.

No fewer than 7,000 student-athletes and officials converged on Unilag for University Games. The participants from over 76 universities nationwide featured in a total of 21 sporting events.

This is the fourth time that UNILAG would be hosting the games in the 56-year- history of NUGA, first in 1958, second and third in 1978 and 1998 and now – the 26th edition.

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