Plateau United’s Elijah Ogene has opined that with more luck on the side of the Peace Boys they should be in the playoff s zone conveniently and not battling to beat the drop to the lower league.
Abdu Maikaba boys were the winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League in 2017 season after they pipped MFM to the title and they represented Nigeria in the Caf Champions League and the Caf Confederation Cup competitions last year which slowed down their productivity in the league last season.
They brought in Maikaba in place of Kennedy Boboye whose contract expired while they also signed some new players to replace some of the players they lost to overseas clubs last season and they were expected to be in serious contention for the league title they won two seasons ago but Ogene revealed that if not for hard luck they have a good team that can face any opposition in the NPFL.
“It has been a very forgettable season for us as a team because we are not at the place we should be,” Ogene told GOAL.
“We have been playing very well but the result has been far from impressive because we have been unlucky. Everyone that watches our games keep on saying that we played very well but the results have been against us. We should be playing in the playoff zone and not where we are that we are struggling to survive the relegation zone.
“We do not have any other choice than to continue doing our best and hope that we will record positive results in our remaining matches. We are going to Maiduguri next and it is always a volatile place to go because El Kanemi Warriors are very competitive and they are playing well too. It was difficult for Kano Pillars to beat them last week and I still remember that when we faced them in Ilorin while still on banishment, it wasn’t easy to beat them 2-0.
“We know that another defeat could see us slip further into the relegation waters and we must be wary of that. We must go to Maiduguri with the confidence that we can pick three points that will massively aid our quest to be more comfortable in the league table. We have prepared very well for the game and we know that we are going to end up with a good result if we are able to put our acts in order throughout the game.”
Plateau United are in the ninth spot in the NPFL Group B with 16 points from 14 games and their remaining matches of the season are against El Kanemi Warriors (away), Akwa United (home), Kano Pillars (away), Gombe United (home), Nasarawa United (home), Go Round (away), Yobe Desert Stars (home), and Delta Force (away).