Hamza Abara, the Acting Head Coach at Niger Tornadoes Football Club, on Thursday assured that the club would win their next four matches in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Abara told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that this would enable the club overcome its current dismal performance and placement in the league.
NAN reports that Bernard Ogbe, the club’s Head Coach/Technical Adviser, had resigned on Monday following threats by the state’s Ministry of Sports to sack the club’s coaching crew and management.
It had, ostensibly on behalf of the state government in Niger who are owners of the club, said this would be if the team failed to win their next four matches.
Ogbe could not lead the team to win the next match after the directive, and he resigned thereafter, with Abara who was the Assistant Coach being appointed Acting Head Coach.
Abara also led the club in acting capacity during the 2017/2018 NPFL season where they later finished in sixth place.
“It is not an easy task to come on board as acting head coach, but with my past experience the club will bounce back to an enviable position on the league table.
`I didn’t want the job because I know it is not going to be easy, but considering that it is my state club I accepted the job.
“I just finished a meeting with the players to agree and disagree on issues and they assured me that they will do their best.
“I am assuring that by the special grace of God we are going to work hard to win our next four matches,’’ he said.
The coach urged the players to be focused and adhere to instructions during matches to enable them put up good performances.
“We did it before and we can still do it again. I assure that we will be able to bring back the old good glory of Niger Tornadoes,’’ he said.
Similarly, Aliko Mustapha, the club’s captain, said the players were not happy with the team’s current situation and were working hard to put smiles on the faces of supporters.
“I believe that our hard work and prayers will see us through because we are working hard right now. So, we will reap the fruit of our labour,’’ he said.