The Technical Adviser of Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Gbenga Ogunbote, has clarified the circumstances surrounding his team's goalless draw against the visiting Heartland FC of Owerri on Match Day 11 of the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), emphasizing that his side never took the Naze Millionaires for granted.
Ogunbote also pointed out that his team's inability to convert scoring chances against the visiting side was their greatest undoing.
The Head Coach of Shooting Stars Sports Club highlighted that his team was well-prepared to secure the maximum three points from the encounter but could not capitalize on the goal-scoring opportunities.
“We never took Heartland FC for granted at any point. But now we will go and do the needful to ensure that scoring chances are effectively converted. Our dream still remains finishing the league strong,” Ogunbote said.
Looking ahead to their next game, Ogunbote stated that the Oluyole Warriors would only require a level playing ground when playing away against Sunshine Stars in Akure.
On his part, the newly appointed Heartland FC gaffer and two-time league winner, Kennedy Boboye, expressed the belief that a team should be able to win any game anywhere, whether at home or away.
“It is possible to win anywhere, as long as the team can play good football,” the coach remarked.
He added that Heartland FC’s next home match against Bendel Insurance FC of Benin was now a must-win game for them. “This is because we must not have anything short of winning, since the only way to pay back the good gesture of Heartland’s fans is to give them good results,” the coach said.