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Beautiful surface at Calabar

Published:Monday | October 3, 2016 | 10:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Glen Laing, football coach at St Jago High School, has described the pitch at Calabar High as "a beautiful surface".

Laing, who directed St Jago to a 1-0 victory over the host team in Group G of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup last Friday, says he'd play at Calabar every day.

His Calabar counterpart, Ligyasu Simms, believes the plush surface will help his team in the seasons to come.

"It is nice when the schoolboys can train on the proper surface," pronounced the St Jago coach after the game. "It is also exciting for us to take them out and train them."

St Jago's Monk Street playing field has been out of service for several months because of a work programme to rehabilitate it. In those circumstances, it was a joy for St Jago to visit Calabar's Red Hills Road campus.

"It's just a beautiful surface. They're taking care of it and I really appreciate coming down here."

Simms feels the same way.

"Millions of dollars were spent on this surface, and it is a good surface for good football, and as you can see, the Calabar team executed some good football today, but unfortunately it just didn't go in our favour," he commented.

Without giving up on the current schoolboy season, Simms thinks the improved surface will help Calabar's football in the future.

"This is the start of the programme and it can only get better as we go along," he predicted.