It’s not the kind of start to life in the competition that Team UI would have imagined coming from the way they breezed through the Zone B qualifying series earlier this year on home turf.
Across different sports, Team UI was met with defeats and not too convincing performances although with little signs of positivity littered in between. First it was Team UI female footballers who were trashed 4-0 by the host, Team UNILAG. Although the match had an almost even out first half with regards to performance, but the second half was a breeze through for the UNILAG ladies. Also, the male team of the University of Ibadan football team also lost to FUDMA male football team. When the coach of Team UI was asked about his reaction regarding the scoreline, he gave a response that has soon become popular on social media, Twitter precisely. He blamed Team UI loss to inability of his team to play with the harsh weather conditions and claimed this gave their opponent an edge in the contest.
Also, Team UI Basketball team threw away a quantum lead against Bayero University Kano by loosing 47-44 at the end of the game.
In judo, team UI also to UNIPORT in the semi-finals.
However in squash, Team UI clinched her first medal of the competition by claiming 2nd position in the men’s squash competition.
Although sporting activities for day already ended, trust Lagos and anything that bears the name to live up to its billing, the Eko Entertainment village opened at 6pm because all work and no play makes NUGA’22 games dull. The event has comedy, music, talent hunt and lots more that will help students relax and catch fun even amidst the sporting activities.
The games continues with several other sports still scheduled to come up and several fixtures still billed to take place and this will provide opportunity for team UI to redeem herself from the early shambolic performances. We all at Campus News wish them the best of luck.