Interim head coach of Niger Tornadoes Hamza Abara says the Minna-based Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) outfit will ‘go back to the drawing board’ after being relegated to the lower division, adding that he is ‘not disappointed’ he couldn’t save the team from the drop.
The Ikon Allah Boys lost 0-2 to Enyimba in Aba on Monday in the penultimate round of matches before the playoffs to confirm their demotion to the Nigeria National League.
Abara was temporarily handed the reins at the struggling club in February, replacing Bernard Ogbe, who threw in the towel after a string of poor results, but the young tactician failed to keep Tornadoes in the NPFL.
“I’m not disappointed (Tornadoes could not escape relegation), you cannot get the war without getting the battle. We’ve lost the battle already,” he said after seeing his side go down to Enyimba in Aba.
“The damage has been done, we have to go back to the drawing board and see what will happen.
“As you can see, we have a very young crop of players who are ready to play, who are ready to explore.
“We are going back home to see what will happen. I’m not disappointed.”
Abara’s Tornadoes will wrap up their 2019 campaign in the top flight with a home game against relegation-threatened Kwara United in Minna on Sunday, before stepping down to the NNL.