By IME BASSEY
Kwara United captain Segun Atere has bemoaned his ordeal while on the side line as a result of the injury he sustained in the first game of the season at the Warri Township Stadium against Warri Wolves which they lost.
He told Inside Out Premier League that his days on the bed was dreadful as he thought the injury would take only two weeks to heal so he could make a return to action for the Afonja Warriors.
“I suffered the injury in our first match of the season against Warri Wolves in Warri. I thought within two weeks I would be back on the pitch but to my greatest surprise, it lasted for three months.
It was terrible, no player prays to get injured. I personally prepared hard for this season with great expectation but the injury marred it as I only managed to play the last few games of the first half,” he said.
On his thoughts for the next half of the season, the mid_fielder said the Ilorin outfit will climb to its due standing on the log as he rests solely on God for the NPL crown.
“With what we played before the end of the first stanza, I believe that at the end of the league itself Kwara United will be in its rightful position, which is the first three and God willing, the trophy,” he stressed.
Good playing turfs have improved the league
As the Nigerian Premier League gets April 30 as its new resumption date, former coach of Crown FC, Ganiyu Salami has spared his thoughts on the quality of play which culminated in home based players getting the nudge for games in the various national teams.
In a chat with Inside Out Premier League, the former Golden Eaglet handler said that playing turf contributed to the players and coaches output.
“Realistically, the NPL has done so much in terms of improvement which has allowed for the coaches to swim out of their so many difficult tasks and move the league in its right direction. They have been able to prove themselves that they can be reckoned with but they need to be encouraged for better output most especially when it comes to motivation (contractual issues).
“Most of our boys have been able to fill_in the void in the Flying Eagles, U_23 and Super Eagles.
Yes, our boys have done well, kudos to the NPL for enforcing the rules of playing on good turfs,” Salami said.
The Ecuador ‘95 Golden Eaglet gaffer also commented on the remaining 19 games of the league by saying that it would be tougher than the first verse. “It will be very tight as six to eight teams will be vying for the title also not forgetting the same number of teams will be struggling not to be relegated. So I expect a tougher second half,” Salami stated.