Elechi blames early change of game-plan for Yobe Stars’ defeat in Nnewi

Yobe Desert Stars head coach, Ngozi Elechi has attributed his team’s defeat to FC Ifeanyiubah to their early change of tactical plans occasioned by the injury sustained by his goalkeeper, Victor Obiowo in the opening five minutes of the contest played at the Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium, Nnewi.

Obiowo came out to make a routine save in the third minute of the fixture when he contested for an aerial ball with the Anambra Warriors skipper, Chijioke Alaekwe and got a big bang on his knee and was unable to recover from it.

Elechi, in his post-match interview with npfl.ng, reckoned that the result of the game would have been different had there been no changes to his game-plan.

Elechi still thumbed up the performance of his players whom he said rose up to the occasion to give their hosts a run for their money even when they were only involved in their first game of the season in
Nnewi because of the postponement to their opening three matches.

The former Go Round trainer explained that he would work with his team to correct their lapses ahead of their home tie with Heartland on Sunday.

“It was a good game and I am glad about the way my boys played though we lost,” Elechi told npfl.ng.

“I commend them because all these while we have been resting and we just played our first game of the season against FC Ifeanyiubah and it was among the reasons our reaction was very poor in the game
because of the postponement of some of our games. I think overall my players did very well.

“This is the first match and you will find out that every coach has a game-plan ahead of any game but my own plan failed when my goalkeeper, Victor Obiowo sustained an injury in the opening three minutes. It
disrupted part of what we ought to do but in all, we have realized where our mistakes lie,” he said.

The Yobe Stars head coach pointed out that he is confident that his players will recover quickly enough to give Heartland a good fight and record their first home win of the season on Sunday as it is their priority to give a good account of themselves before their fans at the August 27 Stadium, Damaturu in their next fixture.

“We are going to be more prepared next time because a similar situation could still occur in the future. We are going home to work on what we noticed went wrong in Nnewi,” he continued.

“It was just unfortunate that the game ended the way it did in Nnewi but we must brace ourselves and strive to go back home and stay positive that something great can come our way on Sunday. We want to
make our fans and our sponsors happy and we are going to give Heartland a good run for their money because we deserve the best also.”

Yobe Desert Stars prop up the rear in Group B without any point from a game played so far but they have three matches at hand.