By Ime Bassey & Kate Obodo
Acting Technical Adviser of Bukola Babes, Kabir Salaiman Dogo has said that his team is suffering from ill-luck and not technical depth.
Speaking with Inside Out Premier League at the Warri Township Stadium after his team suffered another defeat in the league, Salaiman Dogo said it is painful for the team as he hopes they will get back to winning ways this weekend.
“The game is a bad one for us as we had chances that we could not convert. I believe it is ill-luck. Nobody in the team will say he is happy with the way things are going on with the team. It is painful when you play well and the goal is not just coming but I know that the goals will start coming from our next game,” he said.
Asked about the reasons behind the team’s present loss of form, he said, “We have not been lucky since the commencement of the second stanza of the league. It is the same boys that started the league that are still here.”
Also speaking, the team’s right-full back, Abdulkadiri Aminu said, “We are interested in winning our home games as it will help us escape relegation.”
Commenting on the team’s poor form, he said, “I can’t really say. We have been praying and fasting for our future to change but it hasn’t. None of us can pin-point the problem of the team right now. Coach Allen was with us when we started losing so I don’t believe it is the fault of the technical crew.”
Ocean Boys coach blames refs for club’s poor runs
Ocean Boys coach Samson Unuanel whose wards lost 1-0 to Crown FC of Ogbomoso in Ilaro last Sunday has blamed his side’s poor showing so far in the league to poor officiating.
According to Unuanel, Ocean Boys are a team blessed with skilled and talented players, but stressed that poor officiating in the NPL has been their bane as he pleaded for fair officiating in order to assist them escape relegation..
“It is true that we are struggling to escape relegation but that does not mean we are going to drop out in the Premier League. The thing is, we have players who are capable to do the trick for the team but because of poor officiating by our referees, it has kept us where we are in the league.
Though I cannot really blame them because they are human beings, we are not complaining. Sometimes these things happen in Europe and they are bound to make mistakes. What I’m saying is that, they should pity us and look at our sufferings and give us what we deserve.”
Continuing he said, “Nigerian referees are really trying but they need to come up with more innovative programmes that will put them on the right track and give them the opportunity to compete internationally. They cannot get there in one day, because Rome was not built in a day. We encourage them to continue to dance to the tune of their conscience and not to the tune of their mind,” Unuanel said.