Adeyemo applauds new Niger Tornadoes coach’s tactics

By Wale Mustapha

Niger Tornadoes’ midfielder Bolaji Adeyemo has revealed he is enjoying the working style with the club’s interim head coach Abara Hamza, adding that the new trainer has brought back the zeal in the team.

The former Sokoto United head coach was appointed on interim basis after the sack of Erasmus Onuh with the aim of ensuring that Tornadoes stem the slide in their campaign this season, and the midfielder has already expressed confidence in him.

Hamza took charge of Tornadoes for the first time last Sunday as they brushed aside Abia Warriors by 2-0 on Matchday 10 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with Adeyemo scoring the second goal with a screamer.

“Coach Hamza is professional. I learned something new in every session he conducts, he understands the players the more and it really helped us against Abia Warriors,” Adeyemo told in Minna.

“He was with us before (as assistant coach to Abdullahi Biffo at Tornadoes in 2016). We are learning new tricks everyday under him and we hope to do better this season with him and I will suggest he’s given full support to work on a permanent basis.”

Adeyemo helped Tornadoes to reach the Aiteo Cup final last year and the club also finished in 11th position in the NPFL with the midfielder scoring decisive goals during the campaigns.

The club have since returned to their traditional Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna after more than two seasons of playing away from home at Confluence Stadium in Lokoja and have since began life in front of their home fans with a victory last weekend.

The midfield enforcer believes the club can still rediscover their last season’s form with their recent performance couple with renewed commitment and support from everyone connected with Tornadoes.

“It’s good to be back at home (in Minna) we felt really good, the fans really showed they’ve been missing us and they were marvelous with their support on Sunday. We want them to continue giving us this kind of support.

“Last season was one of the best time I enjoyed playing football and especially for Tornadoes with our achievement and how we played, we want to be better than last season and help the club perform well in all competitions and I believe with how we played on Sunday and the support we will get from our people, we are on the rise again,” Adeyemo said.

Niger Tornadoes moved five places up on the NPFL log to 14th position and will next face El-Kanemi Warriors in their next game on Sunday.