El Kanemi Warriors came to town as big boys and old war horses of the Nigeria Professional Football League but Remo Stars FC shook off the tensions of a newcomer to spank the Warriors from Maiduguri 2-0 to harvest maximum points in the match day five game concluded at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu on Sunday evening.
The hosts left no room for guesses as they drew blood with an early goal that left the visitors in shock when Onuoha Chukwujekwu blasted in a close range rebound from goal rush in two minutes of the whistle.
All efforts by the Ladan Bosso boys to level up in the first half were effectively voided by the determined defence of the hosts to keep their lead into the break.
Thunder however struck a second time as Remo scored again just three minutes into the second half when Oche Salefu curled in a free kick from the edge of the box to double the lead.
Disappointed El Kanemi coach, Ladan Bosso, has been left to wonder how his boys couldn’t manage the critical times of the game.
“I have always told than that the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes of the game are very critical because any thing can happen. You can see that we conceded in the first few minutes of the first half and early minutes of the second half. That shows we did not manage our time well. We came here with a game plan but we could not execute it,” Bosso regretted.
The coach is also very disappointed that their poor performance is coming on the first time the players were taken to their game by flight as against the tiring road journey.
For Remo Stars coach, Nduka Ugbade, it is all coming together gradually for the team and he believes they will surely stabilise into a force in the elite league.
“It was a very good game. We are seeing a team of players largely inexperienced in the top flight picking up their act. We will continue to improve by each game to maintain our place in the NPFL.
“Analysis have shown that we are about the only team that has scored in evey match, home or away, win or lose. That is good. It means we have some element and we will continue to sharpen our form.”