Under-fire Abia Warriors manager, Imama Amapakabo has expressed his relief at securing the first league victory in the ongoing 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League season.
Abia Warriors had been without a win in the last seven games which is the club’s longest winless run in the top division but ended the streak by defeating visiting Sunshine Stars 4-1 at the Okigwe Township Stadium.
In a chat, the former Enugu Rangers boss said he knew the victory was going to come despite the fact that his players were not taking their chances in front of goal.
“The win was going to come at a point in time and it came at the 8th week. We have been able to create chances which we didn’t take. I told the players to take the game at a time.
“We needed one win to be able to go to the next stage. The win has come and we hope that we take it up from here. The last games we drew was because we were not able to convert the chances.
“It’s a thing of joy when as a coach, all that you have planned before the game begins to manifest. Every coach is under pressure,” he said.
Meanwhile, Abia Warriors players have voiced their support for Amapakabo after the three-match ultimatum handed the gaffer by the club’s management board ended on Sunday.
Imama was given the ultimatum after match-day four, but Warriors drew their following three games against MFM, IfeanyiUbah and Lobi Stars in Makurdi.
Team captain, Austin Obaroakpo, who spoke on behalf of the players, pleaded with the management to give Imama more time.
Obaroakpo said, “From all indications, we the players still want Imama in charge of the team and we hope the management will give him more time.
“The coach has a positive mind and he believes the team can do it. He talks a lot to us and we have faith in him.”
Media officer of the team, Nwozu Chigozie, added, “There is no official statement from the management yet but the players still want Imama to continue as the head coach.”
Meanwhile, Patrick Nwaogu, the club’s Sporting Director says there is no cause for alarm over the future of Imama.
“There is nothing yet as regards the future of Imama. One thing people need to understand is that the ultimatum is to make everybody sit up, not just the coach alone. It includes the players so that they can get things done. There is no cause for alarm.”
Warriors will take a trip to Uyo when they clash against Dakkada FC on Sunday.