Gombe United began the season struggling to find their footing and nursing their Belgian Manager, Maurice Coorman, who is currently ill and cannot join the team.
For the Savannah Scorpions, as they are fondly called by their fans, the coming 11 matches to the end of the Nigeria Premier League 2013/14 season will be key in determining their stay or otherwise in the elite cadre.
Former Super Eagles Coach, Austin Eguavoen’s arrival midseason as Technical Adviser, looked like it changed the Club’s fortune for good with a string of good results including a win away to Bayelsa United and a 3-3 draw with Rangers International.
But in spite of the losses against Shark and Dolphins in Port Harcourt, Eguavoen told lmc-ng.org that his team was confident of escaping relegation.
“It was disappointing because we felt we could gain some points from the trip. I think we dominated against Dolphins but couldn’t make it count. Those have gone behind now and we look (ahead) to upcoming games,” said Eguavoen.
Gombe United are placed 18th on the 20-team log of the Glo Premier League but just one point adrift of 15th placed Kaduna United who they will face after they might have hosted Nasarawa United this midweek. Eguavoen believes the swinging nature of the log means his side still have a realistic chance of swimming out of the drop zone.
“We’ll keep fighting, no doubt. It’s up today, down tomorrow but I can guarantee you, we will come out of it,” was the calm assurance from the Coach whose mates loved to call Cerezo in his playing days.
Ahead of the clash with Nasarawa United on Wednesday, Eguavoen also hopes to have his first choice goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim back in the squad.
“Agbim was injured against Sharks and although I have to appreciate the performance of Ahmed (Yusuff) against Dolphins, I will still hope that Agbim comes back for our next games,” he said.
Gombe United have to do it all in the battle against relegation. Despite being third from bottom with 32 points, they are just one point behind three teams: Taraba FC, Bayelsa United and Kaduna United.