Even with his club, Nasarawa United not reckoned by pundits as one of the contenders for the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title, Kabiru Dogo insists that the title is still a possibility for his 9th placed team.
Nasarawa United will be playing their second consecutive game on the road to Sunshine Stars after a 2-0 loss to Abia Warriors in Umuahia last Sunday and Dogo is fancying the prospect of seeing the team climb into the top four on the log.
Dogo spoke to npfl.ng shortly after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Abia Warriors at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Sunday and pointed to the unpredictability league results as the anchor for his confidence and vowed that they will continue to fight till the end.
“As far as the league is concerned, nobody has been given the trophy as a champion; nobody has been given ticket for relegation. So the struggle continues.
“The league can go any way; forget that Plateau (United) are leading. It is football, anything can change so you cannot predict. All of us are fighting. At the end of the day, we will see where the fighting will take us to, but I believe that by God’s grace we are going to finish in a respectable position,” he asserted.
It might be reassuring to know that if Nasarawa United win all their remaining matches (however unrealistic that may sound), they would have 68 points, which is five points more than what they needed to finish in third place two seasons ago.
Nasarawa United will hit the road again on Matchday 29 to take on a seemingly resurgent Sunshine Stars in Ijebu Ode. The ‘Owena Waves’ produced the shock result of Matchday 28 when they dismantled ABS FC 4-2 in Illorin.
But while reflecting on their loss to Abia Warriors, Coach Kabiru Dogo accused the players of not playing to his instructions in the first half.
“In the first 45 minutes, our tactics was to attack but they decided to go back on their own which I didn’t ask them to. But in the second half when they decided to come out, they gave out their best.” Dogo concluded.