TORNADOES PLAYERBy George Daniya

Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC Head Coach, Encho Anthony has blamed his 2-0 defeat on Match Day 10 of the 2020/2021 Nigerian National League (NNL) on a bad pitch.

The match was played at the Bako Kontagora Memorial Stadium, Minna, Sunday.

Anthony said that the deplorable condition of the field contributed to his team loss, adding that he had no option but to accept and play on it since it was approved by the authority.

“This pitch is not standard; it is just like a football field where children play street football.

“It will even be difficult to do a good training on this field. But here we are playing a league match on the pitch,” he said.

The coach as a matter of urgency called on the Niger state government to construct a befitting stadium for the club and teeming youths in the state.

He added that officiating was a major problem in the league, describing the match officials as being bias by favouring the home side.

According to him, the attitudes of some Nigerian referees were affecting the game as most away teams go to matches with a mindset of losing due to poor officiating.

A brace from Niger Tornadoes talisman, Oche Josiah from each half of the encounter via spot-kicks was enough for the Ikon Allah Boys as the Minna Landlords are nicknamed to remain on the Zenith of NNL Group A2 with 20 points.

The visiting ABS would have reduced the tally, but Lucky Jimoh in a goal for the home side made amend for the blunder of hacking down a striker and a spot-kick was awarded which he saved to keep a clean sheet from the encounter.

The Niger Tornadoes leading goal poacher in the league, Oche, with eight goals said that he aspires to continue his good scoring form and want to extend it away matches.

Niger Tornadoes will travel to Lokoja, Kogi State to confront relegation-threatened Kogi United at the Confluence Stadium on Matchday 11.

TAURARUWA