Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wikki Made My Heart Race Back & Forth – Tenger

Kwara United head coach, Justin Tenger, has confessed that he had his heart in his mouth during last Saturday’s Globacom Premier League game at Wikki Tourists in which his side scraped to a 4-3 win.

Tenger, who handled another Premier League outfit, Niger Tornadoes, last season during an impressive run to help the side from relegation to continental place contender, told Naijaligue.blogspot.com that the game against Wikki Tourists was demanding even before the kick off since his side was yet to grab three points from its previous matches.

He explained that with just 10 minutes to the hour-mark in last Saturday’s Premier League game with Wikki Tourists going 3-1 up after goals Taofeek Oyin, Mohammed Tasim and James Ninafu on 20, 30 and 47 minutes respectively to cancel Soga Sambo’s 18th minute strike for Kwara United, he thought he was staring at side’s second loss.

But Tenger’s hope of picking his first maximum points since joining Kwara United in the close of last season was revived when Sibi Gwar, transferred from Lobi Stars, smashed home his side’s second of the game and his second of the season to put score at 2-3.

Tenger revealed that he became hopeful of leaving the Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi with at least a point after Gwar’s goal just three minutes into Wikki scoring a third goal.

“It was a very difficult game for us though we won. We didn’t win easy because my heartbeat was always drumming and drumming,” began Tenger with a confession on his side’s game with Wikki Tourists last Saturday. “When they scored their goal I was thinking that ‘oh this cannot be another loss.’ The game against Wikki came with some luck as well because in football you need luck to also win at times and that was what happened when we scored our third and fourth goals within four minutes.”

But Tenger knows that his side does have its work cut out in this season’s campaign if it wants to win a berth to one of Africa’s club competition in 2011.

The Benue State-born coach, however, has a month break due to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup holding in the country to work with his side.

“We still look like an unfinished product whenever we play. I think the team still needs time to adapt and at the same time, the new players are still taking time to know themselves but hopefully we will be a different side when we return from the break for the Under-17 World Cup because we have quality in our side,” he told Naijaligue.blogspot.com.

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