Abia Warriors of Umuahia pulled a surprise result against highly motivated Rivers United side in one of the Nigeria professional football league matchday 22 fixture’s played yesterday in the main bowl of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
The Imama Amapakabo tutored side showed character and doggedness to force the Rivers based outfit to a barren draw, halting the Stanley Egwuma tutored side 100% home record.
Speaking with Journalist after the highly entertaining fixture, Imama Amapakabo hailed his side character and determination which ensured the positive result.
On general overview of being the first side to halt Rivers United home record after 10matches.
We knew for sure it will be a difficult game because of the nature of the pitch.
Like I told my team, Rivers United is a straight jacket team, they have one pattern of play and they cannot deviate from that play.
I equally knew from the last game they won that they have two physical non ball players in the middle and I knew their strength was going to come from the side in Aguda and Esor and we knew we have to keep them apart.
I already knew they were going to force the balls and I know we have to keep our shoulders high, keep shape, keep formation and caught them on unaware which was arguably the best clear cut chance of the game and predictable we knew they were going to shoot the balls from outside the box.
Great game from Edafe as he was prepared for everything thrown at him today.
On the kind of preparation that enabled the team jurgle between brilliant attacking play and solid defending
These are things we actually work out, I try to make my players understand that once we are able to keep shape and keep our line, we have had games like this unfortunately the result haven’t come because some people had a bit of technical problems but we prepared for them and organized our defence, had to move and keep shape as well as avoiding running out of positions and once we are able to perfectly do the needful, the results will definitely come because most teama are predictable knowing they are going to play the long balls, we waited for them and avoided touching anyone in the box.
On Vincent Edafe brilliant display
That’s why we have him in the team and that’s his job he was doing because this team like we said if they cannot tactically breakdown our defence line, they were going to shoot from afar and he was able to stand everything thrown at him, kudos to him, he had a very good game.
On our next opponents
Well, another game come on Thursday and is gonna be an entertaining game on a better pitch. We will see two teams that comes out to play and I always go in for any game wanting to win and I wish my team the best of luck.
On Njoku Chimezie brilliant performance
We have two rookies in the team, Njoku has been wonderful so far. Big games like this he came in giving a five star performance, kudos to him and that shows he has a very bright future.