Coach Gbenga Ogunbote of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) has said the team is working and will continue to work hard to win games and points in order to escape relegation in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
Ogunbote made the assertion on Saturday after the Oluyole Warriors defeated visiting Niger Tornadoes 3-1 in Ibadan in a Match Day 29 NPFL fixture.
A Tayo Adebogun goal in the 8th minute and a brilliant double from Sunday Adetunji in the 32nd and 37th minutes respectively, helped 3SC secure victory, but an error from goalkeeper, Charles Tembe allowed their Minna based opponents to pull back a goal .
Ogunbote said that everybody in the team is working and praying for good performances in the remaining league matches so that the club can escape relegation.
“At this point, every game is difficult. I am presently thinking about the next game. We are a very desperate team, and we want to do everything we can to survive relegation,’’ he said.
Coach Ogunbote took the opportunity to commend the efforts of young player Fawas Otun, who was called to the All Stars camp from the team as a young player because of his good performances.
He also commended the State Commissioner of Sports, Abayomi Oke, for his unflinching support to the team, saying that the support that Hon. Oke has given the team has motivated the players to give better performances.
Similarly, Coach Abubakar Bala of Niger Tornadoes said that his team will give its best to escape relegation.
Bala bemoaned the result of the match in Ibadan as a bad game for the team,showing his unhappiness at the fact that the Tornadoes lost at the Lekan Salami Stadium, in spite of the fact that they prepared hard for the game against their Ibadan based opponents.
“We lost the game in the first half. Our players did not react well to the game. They lost several chances.
“We are working hard everyday to ensure that we escape relegation in the league,’’ he said.
Promise Ebiaku, 26, of 3SC and Lukman Mohammed, 15, of Niger Tornadoes both collected yellow cards in the match.
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