Enyimba’s Usman Abdallah blames NPFL break for Williamsville loss


The People’s Elephant’s handler has attributed their defeat to Les Guepes in Abidjan to the break in the Nigerian top flight

Enyimba coach, Usman Abdallah has blamed their inactivity in the domestic league for their defeat to Williamsville AC in a Caf Confederation Cup tie played in Abidjan on Sunday.

Goals from Francis N’Da and Cedric Yameogo in the 32nd and 77th minutes respectively confined the People’s Elephant to their second loss in Group C and down to third in the log with six points.

Abdallah in his post-match reaction disclosed that the long break brought about by the Russia 2018 World Cup and the Nigeria Football Federation leadership tussle have made getting competitive fixtures difficult.

RELATED
Betting Tips: Tottenham Hotspur v Milan Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Cristiano Ronaldo causes Parma-Juventus ticket prices to skyrocket ahead of match

Neymar: ‘You may think I’ve fallen too much but I crumbled’ vows to become new man

He said his players lack adequate match fitness to do battle with the young and mobile Williamsville for the entire 90 minutes but promised that there would be changes in their next tie with Djoliba in Bamako on August 19.

“It was difficult for the players to maintain the same level of consistency throughout the game because of fitness issues,” Abdallah told the media.

“The long World Cup break is having its adverse effect on my players. We tried as must as possible to train and be ready for the game but we can’t compare that with having test games that will keep us ready and charged up.

“We started the game very well and had a few opportunities to score but we were unable to convert them. We couldn’t cope for a long period because of fitness issues.

“We have realized where we have erred and we are going back home to have a serious reassessment of what we must do to remain in the competition. We still have the firm belief that we are still very much in the race for a ticket to the next round. We will give the remaining two matches all that is required to excel .”

Enyimba must avoid defeat in Bamako in their next fixture with Djoliba in August and Abdallah hinted that he is aware of the huge task expected of them.

“We must go back home first and dissect what we must do against Djoliba,” he continued.

“We are determined to put ourselves back into reckoning and the game in Bamako will be key towards achieving that. We will be ready for it.”


Like it? Share with your friends!

What's Your Reaction?

hate hate
0
hate
confused confused
2
confused
fail fail
1
fail
fun fun
1
fun
geeky geeky
0
geeky
love love
3
love
lol lol
3
lol
omg omg
2
omg
win win
1
win
Louis Ojibe

I am a blogger

0 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format