• Fri. Jul 19th, 2024

NWFL24: Abia Angels did not play to instruction – Benjamin Nwoke

By Osaro Matthew

Technical adviser of Abia Angels, Benjamin Nwoke has bemoaned his side first loss of the season to Heartland Queens, emphasizing that his players did not follow the tactical instructions given to them, platinumnewsng.com is reporting.

In the early kick off of match day three in the Nigeria Women Football League Premiership, Abia Angels hosted Heartland Queens in an Oriental derby at the Enyimba International Stadium. The match produced three goals with the visitors going home with maximum points.

The game was a keenly contested one as the first 45′ ended goalless with both sides defending well. Okwara Oluchi broke the deadlock two minutes into the second half, putting the visitors in front.

To level things, Adebayo Damilola found the back of the net in the 54th minute but their celebration was cut short as Lucky Mary restored the visitors leads two minutes after the equaliser.

Unfortunately the host were unable to restore parity in the 67 minute, as Charity Isaiah missed from the spot after Damilola was foul in the 18 yard box.

Speaking after the game, the technical adviser of Abia Angels, Nwoke expressed his displeasure in his players performance, tagging the defeat a big slap to the team. He said said he expected a second home victory in today’s game after winning their home and away matches.

“My players didn’t play to instruction and I feel that they became over confident because of the two games they won. Sometimes we lose to learn, so we would go back to our drawing board.”

“You can see many of my players crying and that is because they know they could have won the match,” he said.

He also went on to admonish the fans to be calm and continue supporting them as they will work on themselves and make sure they make them proud.

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