26th August, 2010
The National President of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Segun Arinze has warned TheNews football team to prepare for a tough match when both teams clash in a friendly match slated for 17 September at the Nigeria Institute of Journalism football pitch, Ogba, Lagos Nigeria.
Speaking ahead of the encounter, Arinze boasted that there wonâ€™t be any hiding place for the journalists, saying that they will teach them football lesson.
â€œI have told the editors that our team will beat TheNEWS when we meet them. Football is not what you play with a pen or midget, so, let them prepare for serious battle,â€ said Arinze who is going to play in the friendly match.
In his response, Coach of TheNews, Babajide Kolade-Otitoju is confident in the ability of his team, saying that AGN will not only be defeated but that his players will teach the actors how to play football.
â€œThis is not an event where the AGN will act drama or play, but we are going to the battle field to teach them how to play good football. I have never lost a single match in the last four years as coach of TheNEWS, so I believe that my team are in best form to defeat their opponents come Friday, 17 september,â€ he said.
Otitoju, popularly called Ferguson, said the only problem he has in his team is the goalkeeping area. He said most of his goalkeepers have not been coming for training .
He promised to work on the area of goalkeeping before match day. â€œI have just two weeks left before the match. I donâ€™t have absolute confidence in my goalkeepers because they donâ€™t come for training. I doubt their level of fitness, which I believe I need to work on before the match,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, the Sports Editor, Tunde Oyedele, who doubles as Assistant Captain, has revealed that the match against the AGN is one of the activities lined up for TheNEWSâ€™ Sports Week slated for between September and October this year.
Other events to be held are; Scrabble, Chess, Ayo and Draught while the MDâ€™s Cup will round off the Sports Week.