STORIES By IME BASSEY
Super Eagles and Sunshine Stars captain, Godfrey Oboabona has expressed joy over his team’s 3-0 win over Recreativo do Libolo in the preliminary rounds of the CAF Champions league at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebo-Ode last weekend.
Speaking to Saturday Vanguard Sportsafter the game, Oboabona stated that he was sure of the victory and thanked coach Ogunbote for fielding him in the game.
“I am happy to be part of the team having seen how we lost the first leg in Angola 4-1. I knew that we could defeat them with a wide margin at home if we got our act right. It wasn’t easy for us and we were able to get the job done and move to the next round of the championship.
“I wasn’t moved by the first leg victory but I thank God for making it a reality for us here at home. I want to thank the coach, Gbenga Ogunbote for fielding me in the game, it boosted my morale and that of the team which paid off with the last goal through the penalty spot,” he said.
Commenting on the team’s qualification for the group stage, the center-back said, “By the special grace of God, we will qualify for the group stage of the competition and make Nigerians proud,” Oboabona added.
Unisport coach gets Heartland’s strokes
Nigeria representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup, Heartland FC of Owerri has lambasted their Cameroonian counterpart in last weekend’s encounter, Unisport Haut Nkam FC for inventing cheap propaganda to cover up their ouster from the campaign during the second leg tie between the two teams in Owerri.
In release made available to Saturday Vanguard Sports media officer of the Heartland FC, Cajetan Nkwopara said the coach of the Cameroonian side, Njili Pierre was quoted in the press on Thursday as claiming that the home fans invaded the pitch after Heartland FC scored their winning goal which came in the last minute of the extra time and threatened that his side would petition CAF over the matter.
Reacting swiftly, the Owerri side’s media chief said that the allegation by the Unisport coach was unfounded and an attempt by the visitors to cover up for their ‘show of shame’ which they displayed by refusing to continue the game after they conceded a second goal.
“The claim by Coach Njili is absurd, unfounded and obviously, an attempt by Unisport to escape justice,” the statement read in part
Continuing, it read, “No single fan got near the pitch while the game lasted.
What happened was that after conceding the second goal very late in the game, Unisport players preferred to confront the referee and his assistant instead of restarting the game.
They had played all the pranks to ‘kill time’ when the game was level at 1-1 and when we (Heartland FC) came with another goal, they were hopeless at that point in time and decided to display their unruly and unprofessional attitude by holding up the game.
I think the referee showed a lot of patience with them and waited for more than 15 minutes before signaling the end of game. I expect that the referee and match commissioner will report what they saw and Unisport can not escape punishment.”