Sunshine Stars head coach, Kabiru Dogo, says his team paid dearly for not taking their chances following their 2-0 defeat at Mountain of Fires and Miracles Ministries, MFM FC on Wednesday.
Two stunning goals from Kabiru Adeniji and Michael Ohanu handed the Owena Whales their second defeat of the season by their Southwest rivals, MFM, during the Southwest Derby in a week 10 clash in the NPFL at the Soccer Temple, Agege.
Speaking after the game, Dogo congratulated his opposite number, Fidelis Ilechukwu, but was quick to blame his side’s lack of cutting edge in the final third, concentration and communication at the back for their loss.
“Both sides played very well, the only difference were the goals,” Dogo said.
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“MFM took their chances but despite also creating our own chances we didn’t capitalise on them. So I would say we lost concentration and there was no communication in the defence line.”
“Despite that my team played well, congratulations to MFM FC, However, when there is a goal it is usually a turning point so when MFM got the goal, it gave them the edge and that was the difference between both teams.”
Prior to kickoff, Dogo and his side were second on the table, just three points behind MFM, who were Group A leaders.
The side from Akure now find themselves third on the log following that defeat, six points behind their conquerors, MFM, who have nor opened up a four point gap at the top of the table.
Nevertheless, for the tactician, despite missing the chance to go top, it is not over just yet as there is still more to play for in the Group.
“It is a league game and not a cup competition,” he added. “So, if we don’t get it in one game, it doesn’t mean that we won’t get it in the next game. [Therefore], we will continue to work hard. We take the loss in good faith and prepare for our next game at home with hope to close up the gap.”
Up next for Dogo and Sunshine Stars is a home match against the giants from Aba, Enyimba, who are now second on the table following their 2-0 win at home against Katsina United.