Daily Trust (Abuja)

2 December 2012

Nigeria: Ogun Boasts of Retaining Hockey Title

Ogun hockey team at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos on Friday boasted of retaining their title at the festival, no matter the odds.

Coach Seun Onakoya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that there was no way any team could collect the title from them as defending champions.

Onakoya made the declaration moments after his team defeated their Kebbi counterparts 5-0 in the preliminary states of the event at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos.

"As defending champions in hockey, we are set to retain our glory and preserve our title as the true champions of the sport.

"Gov Ibikunle Amosun has given us enough incentives to boost our morale at the festival and we are prepared to give our very best at the competition," he said.

Onakoya, however, observed that it was only Team Lagos that can pose a threat to their victory, but exuded confidence in the abilities and strategies of his team.

"We have been playing together for a long time now and have a good understanding of ourselves on the pitch. We are going to repeat our performance at the last festival in Port Harcourt in 2011 again, here in Lagos.

"Last year in Port Harcourt, we defeated the host state, Rivers, to clinch the gold at the finals.

"I see no reason why it can't happen here again," he added.

NAN

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