Poor officiating was responsible for our one all draw against visiting Sunshine FC , in Match day 16 in the Nigeria Professional Football League( NPFL). The Coach of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma said.
He expressed their preparedness of the game considering the position his team occupied on the log, but admitted that the visitors from Akure were also a good team.
Coach Eguma said this on Sunday in a post match interview, shortly after his side forced the visitors to one all draw at Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
“We should have won the game in the first half. But up till now I did not know how that penalty came against us ” he stated.
He explained that playing draw against Sunshine Stars at home is a huge set back for his team, saying that he will go back to drawing board to correct the grey areas in the team.
“We have to talk to our players. The game has come and gone we have to fashion out different ways to approach our next matches.
The game was going on normal until the referee gave them a penalty which I did not understand” he explained.
The technical adviser, noted that football is not Mathematics where the answer will remain same. However, he confirmed that Sunshine Stars is also a good team.
Both goals of the game were scored through a spot kick.
Ossy Martins of United converted the spot kick at the 68th minute, while the Sunshine Stars, Otebeji Ajibola also scored the equaliser through spot kick at 81st minute.
The pride of the state have played 15 matches, won five, draw five,lost five and currently on eight position on the log with 20 points
Earlier, the Head Coach of Sunshine Stars, Kabiru Dogo said his team has lost valuable points at home, adding that struggle will continue until they qualify for super six.
SWAN Lauds NFF On COVID-19 Palliatives
The President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo, has applauded the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on the transparent manner it disbursed the COVID-19 palliative package from FIFA, CAF and other sponsors.
Sirawoo, who expressed delight in the N 11,580,000 (eleven million, five hundred and eighty thousand) Naira that was earmarked for SWAN said the NFF was meticulous in ensuring that all the stakeholders in Nigerian football were duly captured.
He further noted that the gesture will in no small way enhance the cordial working relationship between the NFF and other stakeholders especially SWAN, even as he urged all the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant.
“The leadership of the NFF has displayed a very high degree of transparency in the manner it handled the COVID-19 palliatives from its various sponsors by ensuring that all the stakeholders in the football development chain were captured.
“We in SWAN are particularly happy because this recognition will go a long way in alleviating the impact of the pandemic which has slowed down the economic activities of the country.”
“We thank the President of the NFF, AmajuPinnick and members of his Board for this well-thought and timely gesture; our members have gone through various degrees of pains following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, we say thank you NFF,” he declared.
The SWAN President also assured that he will ensure that all the members of the association in its 37 state chapters were given their due from the amount.
Opara Dumps Enyimba
Defender, Austin Opara has parted ways with Enyimba International of Aba, despite joining the club twelve months ago.
Opara reached an agreement to terminate his contract despite having two more years on his contract he signed last year.
Opara joined the 2019 Nigeria professional football league Champions after ending his successful spell with the MFM Football Club of Lagos, where he captained the team for several seasons.
Opara arrived Aba giants with much promise but he found first-team opportunities difficult to come by, no thanks to the solid partnership of Anaemena and Adebayo at the back.
The hard-tackling defender is also behind Nelson Ogbonnaya down the pecking order, which only makes him Fatai Osho’s fourth choice.
Opara is however free to join any team of his choice ahead of 2020-2021 campaign.
COVID-19, Setback To League Players – Mbaoma
Enyimba player, Victor Mbaoma, has stated that league players at this rate have been put at a disadvantaged position with the current COVID-19 situation and the level of things with regard to when football will return.
Mbaoma, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, said the current situation with regard to waiting for government approval, whereas their counterparts abroad are able to play behind closed doors, means league players are worst affected and may not be ready to be in the scheme of things until next year, career-wise and even with regard to movement abroad.
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