Kwara United Technical Adviser Bala Abubakar says he is worried about his team’s inability to score but believes that he can turn the tide for his side who are without a victory in their opening two league games.
A second-half own goal from Segun Alebiosu and a header from substitute Adeniji Kabiru condemned the Harmony Boys to a two-nil defeat against MFM FC at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, to leave them in search of a maiden win two games into the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
Abubakar attributes his team’s slow start to the wholesale changes made to his squad but concedes that with little time to adjust in the “fast race” abridged format of the 2018/2019 NPFL season, they will have to come up with solutions speedily in order to get back on track.
“The team is just beginning, majority of the team it is almost 65 percent a new team and they are gradually coming together. It is an abridged league it has to be a fast race we will ensure that we work very fast on the weak areas so that we will come back very quick and fast,” he said.
The Kwara United boss also sought to allay the fears of supporters concerned that the poor start to the season could leave them scraping for survival with too few games left to make up lost ground.
“With the two results from the first match and the second match I know they [Kwara United supporters] would be worried and everybody will be in a haste to see the team change positively.
“We are going to work very hard, we are reassuring them that they should have a rest of mind that by the grace of God Kwara United will do well this season.”
Goals win matches and Kwara United’s players have been unable to find the back of the net this season.
Their sole effort in the league was an own goal scored by Seun Olulayo in the season opening draw against Sunshine Stars in which Segun Alebiosu missed a penalty.
The drought in front of goal is of particular concern to Abubakar and he says it is an aspect that the team will work on ahead of their next game.
“Yes [I am] very worried [about our inability to score],” he said, “it’s a problem if you can’t create chances but when you create chances and you cannot utilize them, it’s a big one we will ensure that we work on our finishing before the next match.”