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Uwua impressed with team’s performance despite defeat

Jos – The Chief Coach of Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna, Godwin Uwua, has said that he was impressed with his team’s performance in spite of their 0-1 defeat by Plateau United of Jos.

Uwua said that his boys did their best in the match which was played at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos on Saturday.

The only goal of the encounter was through a header by Philip Azango in the 21st minute from a long throw in by Daniel Itodo.

The chief coach said that his players played according to instructions and were firmly in control of the game until the goal swayed the rhythm of the game.

He described the goal conceded by his team as “dubious”.

“How can a player push down a goalkeeper for another player to nod in a goal and it will be allowed to stand?’’ he asked.

According to Uwua, he has been in the game of football for over 30 years and has enough experience to know what is right or wrong based on the rules of the game.

“I am in the Nigerian National League (NNL) because I want to teach the young ones and I believe my boys are fast learning what I want them to do,’’ he said.

Uwua, however, said that there were positive things they learnt from the encounter and would explore them to brighten their chances of gaining promotion to the premier league.

The Chief Coach of Plateau United, Patrick Mancha, said that his side’s victory was a product of a well-fought battle.

Mancha said that both teams had been in the premier league before and were familiar with each other.

He said this familiarity made the game to be “very tight”.

“Niger Tornadoes is equally a good side like us. They cannot be regarded as walkover and that made the match to be a well contested encounter,’’ he said.

The Plateau United coach said that in spite of the three points his team got from the match there was still room for improvement.

“We did well but we can do better. We will go back to the drawing board and improve on our tactics,’’ he told NAN. (NAN)


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