Abuja – TEAP Football Club of Abuja on Saturday drew goalless with Mighty Jets of Jos in a Division A Week Two match in the Nigeria National League (NNL).
In the match played at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja, the outstanding TEAP FC had to settle for a point in their first game of the 2013/2014 NNL season.
TEAP FC’s first game of the league season against DSS FC of Kaduna on Feb. 20 was put on hold.
In spite of the hosts’ performance, the match was short on clear-cut chances and quality, with Ofufu Ibu wasting the best opportunity when he shot wide just before the hour.
Also, TEAP FC’s skipper, Ikechukwu Uzor, was the game’s most dangerous player and was vociferously hailed by the home supporters throughout the game.
The away team also had some few chances of their own, but failed to utilise them.
TEAP FC tried to mount a trademark late charge, but Emeka Uzor was denied by a fine block by the Mighty Jets’ defence in stoppage time.
Coach Bernard Ogbe of Mighty Jets after the game said he was happy with the one point game.
He however said his team would have taken all three points if not for some bad refereeing decisions.
“This result was designed by God, but a level playing ground was not provided for us and I think it is too early to witness this kind of situation in the league.
“The league must grow and if it has to grow, all stakeholders must have to be firm in their decisions.
“I sincerely believe that we deserved more than a fair share of the officiating we got today,’’ Ogbe said.
TEAP FC’s Head Coach, Donald Paris, on his part, said that he was happy with his team’s performance even though he expected more.
“This was our first game and I think the boys were impressive and dominated the game, especially in the second half.
“However, we lacked the cutting edge upfront, but the mentality was good. Overall, I will say my boys did very well.
“ But maybe we need a few more days to gel. Probably if we had played our first match away in Kaduna, by now the boys would have been relaxed,’’ he said.
Paris said he expected more from his opponents, adding that they were the more experienced side.
“Our opponents were in a better state of mind to win this match, having been in the NNL and having scored three goals in their opening game against Spotlight.
“So, I expected them to give us a fight but I was disappointed because my boys played better than them and deserved to win the game.
“This is our first game of the season and what we need to do now is to put things right in our next game against Prisons FC,’’ he said.
TEAP FC will lock horns with Prisons FC in a local derby at the Old Parade Ground on Wednesday, Feb. 26.(NAN)