Dolphins have recovered from opening-day loss in Nigerian League- Coach

Stanley Eguma urged the Nigerian league’s Interim Management Board to attach importance to stadium security.

Stanley Eguma, the Head Coach of Dolphins FC, Port Harcourt, said on Thursday that the club has recovered from the 0-1 defeat it suffered at the hands of Akwa United FC of Uyo.

Eguma told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the defeat did not mean that his team performed poorly in the 2012/2013 Week 1 encounter.

“I am impressed by the quality of play exhibited by the players and I thank them for the good effort. I implore them to keep up the tempo. Although we lost, I still felt the team gave its best and that is the sort of team play I hope to see subsequently,” Eguma said.

The coach commended the clubs featuring in the NPFL for their resilience, against the backdrop of the several postponements the league suffered before the season eventually commenced on March 9.

He also urged players to be focused and steadfast in their duties to their clubs, rather than shuttling from one club to the other.

“I have observed that players in the NPFL keep moving from one club to the other every season and it is largely affecting professionalism in our league. It is also a major reason why there are often disagreements over which club rightly owns a particular player. It is a disheartening development which the authorities must address,” he added.

Eguma urged the league’s Interim Management Board to attach importance to security at match venues, which he said was critical to the well being of players and fans.

He also implored the body to be consistent in its policies so as not to cause disaffection among contending clubs in the league.

“By being consistent with their policies, clubs will have more confidence in the way and manner the Interim body handles complaints from clubs,” the coach stressed.


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