We Can Still Top the Group – 3SC Boss

Assistant coach of Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Yinka Popoola believes topping the group is still possible.

Popoola said this at a post match conference after the Nigeria National League (NNL) Group B1 Match Day One encounter against Abia Comets played at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.

Gullit as he is fondly called, said the one-one draw against Abia Comets was a temporary setback which the team would overcome as the season progresses.

“It was unfortunate we could not win despite dominating the match but that is football for you.”

“We have been held at home today but I want to assure you that we will go to our next match away from home and win”, said Gullit”

He also blamed the heavy rain in the first half for the outcome of the encounter.

A goal in the early moments of the game, gave Abia Comets a shocking lead before Gbadamosi Fatai curled in a free kick to restore parity.

That was after Ahmed Rasheed had his penalty kick saved by the visitors’ goalkeeper.

The first half was marred by downpour which to a large extent disrupted the free flow of the game.

However, the Stars had few chances to claim the maximum points, especially in the second half but the likes of Ahmed Rasheed, Opeoluwa Olufemi, Ayobami Junior and others were unable to convert their chances.

The visiting team, who adopted a frustrating time wasting pattern, defended well enough to get a valuable one point on the road.

In the group’s other match, Bayelsa United humbled visiting Osun United 2-0 in Yenagoa.

Olaolu Fawole


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