The University of Ibadan football team yesterday played a preparatory warm-up match with Havilah F.C a local football academy in Ibadan. The match is a part of their preparatory plans toward the Pre-NUGA games which also serves as the qualifying series for the main tournament (NUGA Games) which comes up in March at the University of Lagos.
The match started at about 9:41 AM on Wednesday, January 12 2021, and it was an intense game of football from both sides. However, Havilah F.C broke the deadlock in the 29th minute from the spot after an away player was brought down in the box. This happened after a few moments when UI FC came close to scoring a goal but hit the woodwork. The match ended at halftime with Havilah F.C having the lead into the break.
Quick and early substitution characterised the second half for UI FC as Afo was substituted in for Bolu and J.Kareem was substituted in for Gbenga in the 46th and 53rd minutes respectively. These substitutions quickly proved productive as J.Kareem won a penalty for U.I FC after just 5 minutes on the pitch. The penalty was clinically finished by Bolu and UI F.C equalised.
The game progressed with some ghen-ghen pressing from both sides with Havilah asking most of the questions which eventually led to a free-kick. Havilah FC got their second goal from the free-kick spot. The ball whooped into the box landed on the feet of an unmarked Havilah FC player who placed it right beyond the goalkeeper’s reach. Havilah FC 2-1 UI FC.
However, a quick response from the UI FC forced Havilah FC to commit a foul in the penalty box and the referee signalled a penalty which was clinically executed by Bolu.
The match ended 2-2 at full time and both teams exchanged pleasantries after the match. The match exposed the defensive frailty of the UI FC which should be addressed before the Pre-NUGA Games.
The University of Ibadan will be hosting the Zone B preliminaries of Pre NUGA games with LAUTECH, Leadcity University, First Technical University and the host the University Of Ibadan in attendance and only one tertiary institution will qualify for the NUGA games itself which will hold later in March