- Published on Saturday, 06 May 2017 18:00
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Katsina United playmaker Destiny Ashadi has assured that the club will keep their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) status despite sitting just three points clear of the bottom-four and interestingly in 11th position in the ranking.
Ashadi knows that they are in for a business end of the season that will be demanding and also knows they have to be on top of their game at their Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina when the second round begins on May 21.
"We are not expecting an easier second round because the first was not easy though we have been able to finish above some very big teams in the league. But our concern now is to do very well in the second round - win games at home and do our best to pick points on the road or even win an away game which is very possible because this is football.
"Now other teams will take us very seriously and that is why we need to work very, very hard for the second round and improve on our own game. We have to show that we are not afraid to play against the big teams and that way we can get results like we did in the first round in which we got two away draws (at Niger Tornadoes and Lobi Stars)," Ashadi said.
However, Katsina United have dropped four points at home when they drew back-to-back against Akwa United and Shooting Stars, and Ashadi who is appearing in the NPFL for the first time this season hopes they can go on a 100 per cent run. That run will have to start against league leaders Plateau United whom he describes as a tough team.
"In a league like ours you have to be strong at home though points in away games too count. We will start the second round with a game against Plateau United who defeated us 3-0 in Jos in the first meeting. They are a very tough team and that is why they are top of the table, but we will be ready to face them," the Katsina United midfielder assured.
Ashadi has scored two league goals for Katsina United this season. He has also provided two assists.
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