Abia Warriors Coach Blames Forwards For Loss To MFM
Willy Udube
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Abia Warriors Coach Blames Forwards For Loss To MFM

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Abia Warriors were beaten by their host on Wednesday, leaving the Umuahia-based side just one point and a position above the drop zone.

A well-taken first goal of the season for Dennis Obasi and a sublime free-kick by Ogwu Clement gave the home side a deserved 2-0 lead at halftime.

But the Ochendo Babes, however, came back strong in the second half and halved the deficit when MFM goalkeeper, Abayomi Folarin, misjudged the flight of a long ball by Abdullahi Fatai nine minutes after the restart.

The away side was clearly the better side in the second half but they weren't able to force a result as they lost their eighth consecutive game on the road.

Despite their improved showing in the second half, interim manager, Willy Udube, was furious with his players for their first-half showings.

"Most of the times, when you have players who want to play to the gallery, you get this,” Udube said when asked of his thought on the outcome of the game.

"I just found out that my attacker is from here and because of that, he wanted to impress. But when you're an attacker and you don't score goals, how do people see you?

"We had our chances in the first half and we missed them, they had their's and they scored.

Defeat to MFM meant the Eastern side dropped to 16th position on the log, but Udube who admitted to being under pressure does not see his side dropping to the lower league.

"I've always been under pressure from my first game as acting technical adviser. I'm used to pressure. All we need to do is go back, work hard and we'll make it up.

Abia Warriors were going to play host to Rivers United before the League was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Udube, who managed the Port-Harcourt based side between 2016 and 2017, is optimistic that they can get all three points against his former employer when the league restarts.

"We are playing against my former team. So we are going home to work hard. We are going to make sure that we get the three points.

Udube was appointed on a caretaker basis by Abia Warriors in mid-February after Cameroonian gaffer, Emmanuel Deutsch, was sacked.

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