By Ime Bassey
General Manager of Sunshine Stars, Mike Idoko has said that the Akure side will return to winning ways and end the season on a high note.
Making this known to Inside Out Premier League after their goalless draw with visiting Shooting Stars of Ibadan at the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu-Ode, Idoko said the result of the derby doesn’t reflect the making of his team.
“We are seriously getting the team into shape as it were last season. We couldn’t sharpen things well at the commencement of the season given the limited time allowed for preparation, but I know we will not fail in ending the season in a high note.
“I don’t expect teams to judge us with this result. The game lived up to its billings bearing in mind it being a local derby of South West teams. In the reverse fixture in Ibadan, it ended in a score draw implying that both side are strong. More so, we didn’t underrate them because we know if we do, it will be at our own peril,” Idoko said.
NPL teams jostle for NNL top scorer
By Ime Bassey
Nigerian National League top scorer, Saviour Fidelis has revealed that is being touted by top Premier League teams.
The Taraba United goal poacher who scored 12 goals in the just concluded National League after joining from Ranchers Bees at the mid-season break said he is yet to decide his next move but waiting for directions from his manager.
“Following my performance in the just concluded National League season, many clubs are jostling for my signature but I can’t make any move now because my manager travelled for some arrangement for me, so I can’t take any decision.
“I enjoyed every bit of the season with Taraba United and I have no regret joining the team. We are looking at the Federation Cup with keen interest; we want to continue our fine run of National League in Federation Cup,” Fidelis said.
ABS coach decries non monitoring of referees’ bribery
By KATE OBODO
As the Nigerian Premier League enters Week 28, former coach of the the defunct Bukola Babes, now Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club (ABS), Patrick Awajah has urged the Nigerian League board to improve, particularly on the aspect of home teams winning matches at all cost.
“I want to appreciate the organisers of the league particularly on the continuation of league games despite the lack of sponsors,” he said in a phone interview.
Continuing he said, “ I want to also say that we are still getting it wrong in our league games especially the win-at-all-cost syndrome by home teams. This is one of the biggest problems we are facing in our league today and it does not augur well for the game.
“Statistics suggest that home advantage in sports does exist, but not like in Nigeria. I have witnessed many games and the officiating having been terrible. It is so apparent that the referees favour the home teams and would want them to win at all costs, which doesn’t tell well of our league. The referees are not well paid and there is no monitoring of bribery in the league.
With these two factors, bribery is the norm in the league. I’m not saying bribery can be completely removed but a few steps here and there reduces it considerably, and the beautiful game can be enjoyed,” he added.