20th September, 2010
President of Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Segun Arinze, has confessed that The News/P.M.Â News football team gave them a good fight in the friendly match played last friday at theÂ FIFA Legacy Astro turf at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria.
Arinze, who captained his team in the 1-1 match, commended their opponents for theirÂ performance saying that they were determined and focused throughout the encounter.
â€œFrankly speaking, The News/P.M. News gave us a good fight. We worked hard before we gotÂ our equaliser in the last minute. This is to tell you that our opponents prepared wellÂ for the match,â€ said Arinze, who was substituted in the 15th minute of play.
TheNews Coach, Babajide Kolade Otitoju, said he was disappointed with the late minuteÂ equaliser against his team, adding that his team would have won the game.
â€œWe would have scored two or three goals in the first half but my playersÂ played to theÂ gallery. We are ready for a rematch if they want us again and I strongly believe that AGNÂ will fall if we meet again,â€ said Otitoju, who lamented that lack of good strikers deniedÂ them of winning the match.
Team Manager of TheNews, David Odey, believed that the team would have won the match butÂ noted that his team lacked aggressive strikers. He commended both teams for their goodÂ display, saying that he would be happy if AGN come forÂ a return leg at Ikeja.
â€œWe are not afraid of AGN for a rematch. I think the return leg should be our home groundÂ at Ikeja. It was unfortunate that we did not win the match despite our performance in theÂ second half,â€ he said.
â€”By Sunday Akintoye