Monday, November 30, 2009

Anxiety Grows On Sharks’ Players

Following a second straight loss at home in the Globacom Premier League in the ongoing campaign, Players of Sharks Football Club have come under pressure from their club officials and supporters.
Last Saturday, Sharks FC lost by a lone to Sunshine Stars of Akure after Ibrahim Baballe scored the visiting side’s winner in that match at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt.
According to one of the sides influential players, the fans of the club are beginning to show restlessness and did not spare the players by booing them out of the stadium last Saturday.
The player, who would not want to be named, told that he and his team-mates were unlucky to have lost to Sunshine Stars in front of their fans.
“It was one match we will want to forget. We did not set out to lose that game but in football these things happen and I think we were unfortunate not to have scored because we failed to take our chances. We gave our best but it is if we are jinxed. Now we are in a very precarious position and we all know that. It was difficult after the game because the fans were not happy with us and they abused us and said all sorts of things to us. I think we got what we deserved,” the player remarked.
Sharks FC’s first loss at home was against five-time Premier League champion, Enyimba, when it lost by 2-3 on November 18.
Though Sharks FC has one game at hand against Kano Pillars just two days before Christmas Day in Port Harcourt, it would first have to travel to Kaduna United in a game it must win to begin its climb out of bottom place on the league log.
However, the crisis at the club has further deepened, understands, with none of the club officials being able to tell whether Kadiri Ikhana may have decided to dump the club for good or not.
Ikhana has since walked away from the club following a row that broke out of the delay in the management of the club in handing him a new contract for this season.
There is no doubt that the club has not been able to convince the former Enyimba and Kano Pillars to return to his duty post and has named Imama Amapakabor in his place on an acting capacity.
Words from the team’s camp suggests that the management may meet with the players and officials in a matter of days to communicate its mind to them following the poor streak of results that has included a 1-4 loss to Gateway Football Club coupled with two home defeats and no wins in the campaign so far.

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