The Head Coach of Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has blamed the team for making it impossible to beat Enyimba FC at the final of the Federations Cup in Lagos.
In a chat with PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, the coach said poor preparations and the in-house problems especially the protest of unpaid wages by the players affected their performance making them to lose to Enyimba on Sunday;
“If we put our acts together we would have won the match, a lot of factors contributed to the loss; the protest as a result of non-payment of players, players going to the government house abandoning training for weeks, they were not training, they didn’t prepare well, although we had the game under control in the first half,” he said.
“We are the architect of our problem, it wasn’t solved on time but then we thank God we are able to get to the final, 64 teams and we came out second I mean it wasn’t a bad one at all, this is the first time we are losing at the final,” he added.
Dolphins FC lost 2-1 to Enyimba at the final of the 2013/14 Federations Cup with Emem Eduok scoring the only goal for the lads from Port Harcourt.
Speaking further, the coach said they have started preparations in earnest for the next season where he would love his team to come out strong and on top.
“As a Coach I have started planning ahead, I believe the management is also planning for the next season and I know it will be better, preparations for clubs has to start early to ensure there are no lapses and to achieve a better performance, next season”
“I prefer the next season to start early so we can finish on time to conform with what is obtainable in other leagues in African countries, that is how it should be and we should be in line with that’s obtainable in other parts of the continent” he concluded soliciting for an early start to the league.
The team finished ninth on the table of the 2013/14 league season with 55 points in 38 played matches.