After a steady start to their inaugural participation in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Go Round Football Club of Omoku seemed to lose their footing towards the end of the first stanza of the season.
The team which have failed to secure an away win in the 20-week old season – managing just one point on the road out of nine trips – endured a torrid run of six winless matches, winning just one of their last eight games in the league.
That win came against MFM FC in their last home game; a rescheduled Matchday 15 encounter in Omoku. The victory ended the aforementioned awful run of six frustrating matches and although they lost against FC Ifeanyiubah last weekend, centre-back Odinaka Onyirimba says they are back on track.
“The team spirit is so high now that we want to win all games both home and away,” said Onyirimba to www.npfl.ng
“It showed in our away game against FC Ifeanyiubah but we eventually lost because of some reasons beyond our control during the game.”
In spite of their bad patch, Ngozi Elechi-led Go Round FC are just above the dreaded drop zone and they have a date with Wikki Tourists who have the same points tally (23) with the ‘Dare The Lions.’ Onyirimba who can also play in the midfield captures the team’s resolve ahead of Sunday’s game.
“I am glad we are above the relegation zone now because we were not happy seeing ourselves there. Our upcoming game against Wikki is a must win for us so as to claim more points to climb up to the log.”
Just like his club, Odinaka Onyirimba is playing in the Nigeria Professional Football League for the first time ever and after spending two years with the club in the lower division, he relishes the difference between the two leagues.
“Well, there is a big difference between the two leagues. The NNL is just like a secondary level while the NPFL is like the higher institution where you will showcase all you have learnt from NNL,” describes the right-footed ball playing centre-back.
After Go Round’s draw at home to FC Ifeanyiubah on Matchday 19, the team’s head coach; Elechi was handed a three-game ultimatum to get at least seven points or head for the exit door. Two of those games have been decided; the home win over MFM and the loss in Nnewi last Sunday.
Elechi will be banking on Onyirimba – an ever-present in his team’s defence alongside Chile Azu – to keep Wikki Tourists’ attackers Shammah Tanze, Abubakar Umar and the rest at bay as he hopes to stay alive in his job.
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