Head Coach of Remo Stars, Fatai Osho has blamed his side 2-1 lose to Enyimba in the Round of 32 at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja on Wednesday on inexperience.
Despite commending the hard-fighting spirit of his players, Osho-arguably the youngest coach in the tournament lamented the cutting edge lacked by the team, while admitting the exit for Remo Stars was never anticipated in the Round of 32.
“It’s painful we played so well in most period of the game, dominated and out-numbered Enyimba but still got eliminated – we played against a competitive and high-profiled team but our hoped in our determinations and playing as a unit and at least get beyond the second round.”
“We had initial hope of making it to the final at the Teslim Balogun in Lagos and before thinking of winning our first major national trophy – we grabbed a well-deserved lead but lost in the second half to Enyimba who came out with everything they had in strength, tactic and quality to secure the ticket for Round of 16.”
“We happy in another wise – losing to a better and tactical side in Enyimba – proving their status as six-time African Chmapions,” he told SavidNews Nigeria.
Osho however, disclosed that Federation Cup departed Remo stars will be redirecting her attentions to last two Nigeria National League matches in chase for a promotion ticket from the pool B.
“We are happy leaving the Federation Cup on the high note, the future now lies with focusing on our last two league games to advance into the topflight – we hope to take all our find matches as a final in ensuring we secure het promotion to the Premier League,” he noted.
2013 Federation Cup ousted Remo Stars with two league games to go against Abia Warriors and COD in Lagos are sitting third on the Nigeria national League Pool B with 40 points, one behind next opponents and leaders, Abia Warriors.