FC Ifeanyiubah head coach Uche Okagbue believes his team who have lost all their games at the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Championship Playoffs have given a good account of themselves at the championship and vowed to continue fighting “until the last minute” in their remaining two games.
The Anambra Warriors confounded expectations to qualify for the playoffs but have found it difficult to keep up with more established sides, but despite having lost all three games played so far, Okagbue insists that he is “happy and satisfied” with the performances of his wards many of whom had no previous top-flight experience.
“We lost the three matches, I said earlier on that when we came in here, we had a bunch of inexperienced players but thank God they were ready to give good account of themselves and which they did. I’m really impressed with their performances. Forgetting that we lost three matches but at least we were not disgraced and I believe in our remaining two matches we are still going to fight,” the former Nigerian international said.
Okagbue said his team had already exceeded expectations by qualifying for the playoffs pointing out that not many gave them a chance of even staying up at the start of the season.
“Even before we started the league, Ifeanyiubah was not given a chance, they thought we will be the first team to be relegated but fortunately we got to this place and I believe people that have watched the team play knew that we got here on merit that is why I’m happy and satisfied.”
Having entered the playoffs with designs on a continental spot, FC Ifeanyiubah who take on Enyimba in the 7pm kickoff today, have seen those hopes all but evaporate with their inability to win a game. Okagbue however, contends that even if their original target now seems out of reach, the Anambra Warriors will “continue to fight because we have our prestige, we have our name to protect.”
“Our target was to get one of the continental slots but unfortunately it is not working out that way but that doesn’t mean that we will not fight until the last minute. We will continue to fight because we have our prestige, we have our name to protect. We must fight.”