Bosso puts title ambition at FC Ifeanyiubah in hands of rookies
By Sab Osuji
FC Ifeanyiubah have ruled out involvement in the mid-season transfer activities to bolster their squad with manager Ladan Bosso shrewdly holding high hopes on rookies to drive his NPFL title charge to fruition.
Bosso spent minutes with npfl.ng on Sunday after seeing off hard-fighting Go Round FC in a Matchday 20 clash in Nnewi stating that the beautiful game belongs to youth and his new philosophy is to give them chance and opportunity to blossom.
The experienced gaffer stressed there was no need looking elsewhere for talents as a large pool of them are around him.
“We are not going anywhere to look for new players to sign,” Bosso responded as npfl.ng quizzed him on refreshing his squad in the transfer window to push through his top finish ambition.
“Instead, we are dipping our hands in the large pool of young players at our disposal to push through. And we have already moved three of such players up to the main team. Two of them were on the bench today (on Sunday) against Go Round. And if we had scored our insurance (third) goal I would have introduced our ‘little Messi,’ Bussa Nansel.
“We also have Cooper Ikenna on the bench. These are all young players we pushed up from our youth team and by next week we would have another one. So, why begin to look elsewhere when such players with extreme potential and quality are around you? All that is needed is to encourage them and I bet you they will add value to our aspiration as a team.”
FC Ifeanyiubah are 12th on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) standings though they still have a game in hand against Enyimba.
Yet, he admits pressure on the home front has impaired their performance this term.
“The way we play at away, if we do so at home, maybe we would have been somewhere higher on the table. Call it pressure and you are not far from it. There are other constraints too. But as an ambitious team, we will continue work hard, we have a target, to win the league possibly, or finish among the top-three for a continental ticket,” he said.
Bosso will lead his troop out on Wednesday in a grudge Oriental Derby at Enyimba with the singular objective of scooping the points. He sees the People’s Elephant as one of points catchment teams.
“Before we travelled to Rivers United, I told my chairman he should relax that Rivers United is one of my (points) areas. Same applied to when Plateau United visited. And I’m repeating same again now that it will be the same thing at Enyimba.
“This is because I know their psyche. I know the kind of players they have and I know their mentality. In such situation, I know how to respond but it won’t be on the pages of newspapers,” Bosso emphasized with an air of finality.