Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ikhana rules Kwara out of title race

Former African Coach of the Year, Kadiri Ikhana, has accepted that Kwara United can no longer challenge for the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) crown following a one-nil loss at 3SC last Saturday.

Kwara United are now 14 points off the pacesetters in the Premier League after amassing 46 points from 33 games.

But Ikhana is hoping that his men can still squeeze into a top finish in the topflight to earn them a continental club competition spot for 2012.

“I must say that our mathematical chance of staying in the title challenge this season is over with last weekend's loss to 3SC. In our previous game we lost to Bukola Babes by 0 – 3 at home.

"We came to Ibadan with the hope of getting a result to keep that mathematical chance of staying in the race on.

“But unfortunately we didn’t show that hunger to fight for the points. So as it is we are out of the title race all together.

"However, we still have a chance of getting to the continent with the remaining games though that also comes with a mathematical chance,” Ikhana told

Kwara United will face Sharks, Plateau United, Gombe United, Enugu Rangers and Enyimba in their last five games of the season.

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