By John Egbokha
Captain Victor Ezeji is lamenting Sharksâ€™ inability to win a major silverware since the inception of the Port Harcourt based outfit, many years ago.
Sharks, who finished in the ninth position in the 2008-2009 season, were at the weekend in Lagos, on the receiving end of a 1-0 defeat against Enyimba, in the final of the Challenge Cup, now called Federation Cup.
It was hoped that Sharks would at last, win a major national trophy this time around but a 36th minute strike by Musa Mustapha, put paid to any such dream and extended the long run of last gasp misses for the team, now tutored by one of the most respected coaches in the league system, Kadiri Ikhana.
Speaking after the match held on a Teslim Balogun synthetic turf, Ezeji, who missed a flurry of chances to compound Sharksâ€™ woes, said that he was pained that they finished second best, in a game that if they had converted their chances, they could have won.
â€œIt is really devastating that they were lost this match which we had hoped we would win, due to the good preparations that we put into the competition. It was a keenly contested affair and we did show our ability but sadly, it was not enough to shine.
â€œWhat really worries me is the fact that Sharks are yet to win a national trophy, despite the genuine efforts put in by the players and managers. I am highly disappointed that we failed our fans, who came all out to support usâ€, added Ezeji, a former Dolphins skipper.
On how Sharks can get out of the woods of failure to win a laurel, Ezeji said that â€œwe have to try harder next time and hope that mother luck smiles on usâ€, said the former Super Eagles fringe campaigner.