By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
Despite not finding the net for once in all of the four matches in their pre-season tour of the South West, coach of Kogi United, Ishaya Jatau, says the club can take delight from their spirited showing and the shape of their defence, reports Sportstalkafrica.com.
Jatau feels the Confluence team can take away many positives after their the preseason friendlies that engaged them with Crown FC of Ogbomoso, Osun United in the NNL, Ekiti United in the Nationwide League One and Afe Babalola FC.
The ex-international expressed concerns on his side’s poor finishing touches at the final third as they were unable to convert glaring chances and returned blank in the four matches.
Kogi United were held to a barren draw by Afe Babalola FC in their first friendly game, and were also held to a goalless by Nationwide League One side, Ekiti United Football Club.
Osun United defeated them 1-0, but Kogi United couldn’t get past a resolute Crown FC side that was determined to win as their contest ended goalless.
Kogi United were unfortunate not to score in their four games of their pre-season trip to Ado Ekiti and Oshogbo.
Osun United rose in confidence at their own home ground and eventually sealed a victory with second-half goal from Damola Fakayode.
Jatau though admitted he was disappointment with the result of the game against Osun United, but was impressed with the way they battled Duke Udi’s charges throughout the game.
“It’s disappointing that we couldn’t beat them (Osun United), but we can take a lot of positives from our performance in the game.
“We proved with our performance what we are capable of fighting for promotion to the elite league. In terms of what we’re working on with our defending and looking at our pattern and shape, the boys did really well. It was a good test but it showed the quality of my team.”
Jatau maintains that his wards will come with time closer to the season’s beginning.
“I think there are plenty of positives to take from the games, though we conceded one goal in four matches but we did defend quite well and we created numerous chances.
“If we can tidy up our quality in the final third it’d really put us in good stead, but there are lots of positives we can take.”