Baba Ganaru attributes defeat to Rangers on tactical indiscipline
By Fisayo Dairo
Head of Yobe Desert Stars technical crew Mohammed Baba Ganaru raised up his two hands in admittance of some technical gaffe which cost his side in their 0-3 loss to Rangers in a Matchday 15 clash in the NPFL on Wednesday.
Baba Ganaru’s men have surprised a number of league followers this season but Wednesday was not one of such as they were outclassed by the 2016 champions at the Nnmadi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu with Rangers striker Ajani Ibrahim at the centre of the spanking.
“To be sincere, it was a very bad day for us because we lost and we lost woefully,” said Baba Ganaru to npfl.ng.
“I can say our tactical indiscipline costs us the game. It simply was not our day and Rangers got it right in all areas,” he added.
With the game at 1-0, the Desert Machine (as Yobe are fondly called) still harboured hopes of coming back into the game but they conceded a dramatic second goal on the dot of half time when Ajani looked to have scored from an offside position.
“He was offside. I am 100% sure, you can go and look at the video again but I don’t like talking about officiating, your question prompted me to do this because any time you say something, they twist it against you,” stated the former Kano Pillars coach.
The absence of their top scorer Chinedu Ohanachom appeared to have a telling effect on Yobe Desert Stars as Baba Ganaru’s men laboured to create chances at The Cathedral, most times resorting to Usman Manika’s long throws.
In place of Ohanachom, Ganaru started winger Chidiebere Ajoku – who lacks the imposing frame of Ohanachom – in a false nine position, an experiment which ended in futility.
“That’s why I said today is not a good day for us. We didn’t play well I don’t know maybe it’s because of the fatigue. You know we played last midweek and you look at the distance, we covered 1,000 plus kilometres, that one can also be a factor,” submitted Ganaru.
Interestingly, Go Round head coach Ngozi Elechi was among the thousands of spectators at The Cathedral on Wednesday as he prepares his team for a trip to Damaturu to face Yobe Desert Stars on Sunday.