Ahead of their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) week 36 game at home to Ikorodu Footbal Club of Lagos, Plateau United has stated that it is not scared of the threat which the resurgent Lagosians pose, going into their game today at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos, Plateau.
Speaking during a pre-match briefing, the media manager of the home-side, Abel Danyan, pointed out that Plateau United was wary of the threat which their opponents today pose to them.
Danyan insisted, though, that inspite of all the hype around Ikorodu in recent weeks, his side would not be fazed or sit still and let the game come to them.
“They can claim that they have the three points before the game begins, but that is football and the various postulations which occur before a game.
“On my end, I can assure you that we’ll beat them with more than two goals. That is all I can say; we have a complete side, no injuries, no suspensions…we are complete and ready to show that we have got heart as well. We will not just beat Ikorodu, but we will do so convincingly.
“I have watched a couple of their games, after we held them to a draw in our first meeting at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos and, I can tell you, I have seen a lot from their games since then and we have the blueprint to place Ikorodu where they belong. We know their weak points and we are ready to exploit them to carry the day,” Danyan boasted.
The team manager of Ikorodu, Harry Balogun, claimed that his side had nothing to lose, besides their pride.
“The present performance of the boys and the spirit with which they approve every game is something to behold. They held their own against Kano Pillars, Heartland and Enyimba and that is something for teams like Plateau United to be worried about. It is not unlikely that we are up for another three points,” Balogun said.
He insisted that, though Plateau United was not an easy side to play at home, it did not make them own the three points automatically.
“Our results in recent weeks speak for themselves and, though we do not underrate them, we wold not be too respective of their home strengths. Nevertheless, when it comes to a game of football, anything can happen. We’ll remember that when we take to the pitch today. We will go all out and enjoy the game and, if in the process we get ourselves a win, that’ll be a huge bonus. It is never too late to show what you are made of. We are no push-overs.”
Balogun went ahead to give his side credit for not going down without a fight.
“Yes, we are going down to play in the NNL next season. Notwithstanding, you can be sure that everyone in the NNL would be scared of us, because we are wiser, better, smarter and know the workings of the elite league (administratively, technically and al that). We’ll apply it to our every game in order to come up to the NPFL again. We are itching to return. We will return, but we will do so with a huge bang, trust me,” Balogun concluded.
In the last three game days, Ikorodu has put up a great show against heavyweights Kano Pillars, Heartland and Enyimba, while Plateau United has lost to Sunshine Stars, triumphed over Shooting Stars and lost to Rivers United in the last three weeks