Osho Rules out Relegation for Struggling Remo Stars
By Damiete Sanipe
After a rather disappointing first round of 19 matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2016/17 season, Remo Stars Manager, Fatai Osho says he confident that his team will not be relegated in this their first season in the top league.
Osho came in as replacement to former international cadet team coach, Nduka Ugbade who was sacked after six matches in charge.
But the Managerial change seems to have done little to lift the club as they finished the first round at the bottom of the log with just five wins from 19 games.
The manager spoke to npfl.ng, expressed his personal disappointment at the outcome of some of their matches in the first stanza.
“The fact that we are bottom of the table, we can never be happy that we played well or took the game to our opponents.
“We need to be winning games regardless of where we play and that’s the bottom line,’’ the Coach noted considering are among the youngest team in the league.
Very often, the team was criticised for failing to win, but rather entertain the stands even at away grounds. But Osho disagrees, saying, “people’s impressions on how we play is their view but we love to build from the back and try to penetrate but most defences are always resolute against my side.
“You count the number of blocks against us and you can see my team is actually making attempts. When we are blocked, it is made it show my side as creating chances and something positive is happening going forward’’.
In most games we take tactical decisions to play the first and second halves differently,” he said, citing the match in Enugu against champions, Rangers International to drive his point that Remo Stars play progressive football.
“You can’t say our pattern is not yielding results if we could travel to Ibadan and Enugu to pick draws. The only thing we’ve not been able to achieve is a victory on the road. The truth about life is that `once you are afraid to die, you’re the first to die’.
“If you are afraid to attack and play defensively, your players will not be playing to their full potential and you may end up losing. So, why don’t you attack to win?,” he queried.
In an ironical twist, Osho, whose side plays in one of the poorest pitches with undulating surface, is also complaining about the state of pitches at some venues and argues that such pitches don’t help his side to play possession football to dominate matches.
Speaking on their chances of retaining their place in the NPFL at the end of the season, Osho was quick to respond, “definitely, we are not thinking of relegation. In fact right from match day one, we resolved to be among the best in the league. Relegation is something that is forbidden in our team.
“Beyond the fact that I want to win, I also want those players to go places and right now I have the right materials. I believe in my players. I’m certain they will be able to do the job and certainly we will scale through,” vowed Osho, who enjoyed a stint at lower league side, Crown FC of Ogbomosho.
Remo stars sit at the bottom of the NPFL table with 19 points from as many games and resumes the second stanza on Sunday, May 21, as hosts to Enyimba. The visitors had won the reverse fixture 1-0 in Calabar. ##