Head coach of Nasarawa United Bala Nikyu has attributed his team’s away draw with Enyimba in Wednesday’s Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) game to the determination of his boys, www.aclsports.com reports.
The Solid Miners as Nasarawa United are called put up a solid performance to hold the People’s Elephant to a 1-1 draw on Match Day 11 of this season’s campaign at the Enyimba Stadium, Aba.
Emeka Obioma had given Enyimba the lead from the spot in the first half – his ninth goal of the campaign – but substitute Emmanuel Ogbole struck late in the game to put rare smiles on the face of Nikyu after the game.
“It was a good game, not because of the result but because of the determination of my boys,” began Nikyu to www.aclsports.com after the game.
He continued: “Everybody was determined to play and I think if we had played half of what they did at Remo at the weekend, I think we could have won.
“But I’m happy they were so committed, they showed that they were interested in getting something.”
In spite of Wednesday’s result, Nasarawa United remain in the relegation zone in Group A with eight points from eleven matches but Nikyu, a former Under 17 Women’s national team coach insists that his side are not thinking about relegation at all.
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“Nobody has talked of relegation for Nasarawa United, why I say so is because since the league started, in virtually every match, we put the ball in the net. Whether that is counted or not is the issue.
“So the most difficult thing is to create chances and since we do that we know that it is only a matter of time for the results to come,” stressed Nikyu.
Nasarawa United will continue that fight against the dreaded drop on Match Day 12 when they face the only team below them in the league El-Kanemi Warriors at the New Jos Stadium, Zaria Road on Sunday.