The Faculty of Natural Sciences Students’ Association (NASSA) were crowned champions of the 2017 edition of the SUG/VC’s cup after beating the Faculty of Environmental Sciences Students’ Association known as JEUSSA 6-5 on penalties at the Jerry T. Useni Stadium at the Naraguta Campus of the University of Jos on the 14th of December, 2017.
After the match ended with a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes of regular playing time, the winner was decided by a penalty shoot-out in which Environmental Sciences (JEUSSA) saw two of their shots blocked by their opponent goalkeeper while their goalkeeper blocked just one out of the seven shots taken by their opponents making NASSA emerging as champions of the competition.
The defending champions were crowned champions for the second successive year after JEUSSA lost the finals last year by two goals to one.
Josiah Yusuf of JEUSSA scored the opening goal of the match just 15 minutes into the first half of the match after nodding the ball into his opponent net from a crossing to draw the scoreline 1-0. Things seemed well for JEUSSA until about 10 minutes into the end of the match when Ezekiel Innocent of NASSA found the back of the net by also nodding the ball from a corner-kick to equal the scoreline to 1-1 and that was how the match ended at the regular time.
In his postmatch interview, the Director of Sports, NASSA, Philemon Jacob, expressed his joy saying “I am really happy and don’t know what to say but to give thanks to God”. He went further to say that “throughout the competition, it has been difficult”. He added that “at some time, I thought we were out of it but God has been faithful and we give credit to him”.
Philemon said that the players really “made his day” and he is so happy and that words alone cannot express his joy. He concluded by saying that his successor should believe in his players just as he did.
The Director of Sports, JEUSSA, Stephen Darren, in his postmatch interview, refused to talk much saying that “it is a devastating and painful thing”.
The event was followed by the presentation of medals to both teams by academic staff present and the SUG President, Luka Samson.
The SUG Director of Sports, Samuel Uzoma, in his closing remark, thanked all those who graced the competition from the first day to the last day saying that he wants to use this medium to appreciate each and everyone who made this competition a success and congratulated the 2017 champions.
Report and photo by Philip Jang (200 level)