- Published on Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:18
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By Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam
Still sitting ninth on the latest Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) ranking are Nasarawa United as they lead three other teams sharing 38 points, based on goal difference. But with 10 more matches to the end of the season, coach of the Lafia-based side, Kabiru Dogo has not given up on the prospect of sliding into the top-four despite being five points adrift at the moment.
Dogo was speaking to npfl.ng after watching his side lose 2-0 to Abia Warriors at the Umuahia Township Stadium last Sunday and he insisted on the unpredictability of the league, adding that they will continue to fight till the end.
“As far as the league is concerned, nobody has been given the trophy as champions. Nobody has been given the ticket for relegation. So the struggle continues.
“The league can go any other way. Forget that Plateau (United) are leading. It is football, anything can change so you cannot predict. All of us are fighting. At the end, we will see where the fighting will take us to, but I believe that by God’s grace we are going to finish in a respectable position,” he asserted.
It might be reassuring to know that if Nasarawa United win all their remaining matches (however unrealistic that may sound), they would have 68 points, which is five points more than what they needed to finish in third place two seasons ago.
Nasarawa United will hit the road again on Matchday 29 to take on a seemingly resurgent Sunshine Stars in Ijebu-Ode. The ‘Owena Waves’ produced the shock result of Matchday 28 when they dismantled ABS FC 2-4 in Ilorin.
But while reflecting on their loss to Abia Warriors, Dogo pointed out to npfl.ng that his players did not play to his instructions in the first half.
“In the first 45 minutes, our tactics was to attack but they decided to go back on their own which I didn’t ask them to. But in the second half when they decided to come out, they gave out their best,” Dogo concluded.
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