Thursday, August 04, 2011

Ikhana explains slump in Kwara form

Head coach of Kwara United, Kadiri Ikhana, has disclosed why his team's performance in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has dipped in recent games.

Ikhana explained that the constant call up of players from Kwara United to the national teams led to his side's collapse this term.

The former Enyimba and Kano Pillars manager said Kwara United did well in the first half of the season until national team call-ups decimated his side.

"In the first round of the league we finished among the top four. But since the start of the second round we have not had a complete camp of our players.

"Our flow in the league has been disturbed as we have lost players to the various national teams. We have had our players called up to the Under23 side, the Under20 and even the beach soccer team. It speaks of the quality we have at Kwara United.

"The absence of these players have affected us in the league and even in the Wafu Cup recently. But we don't need to dwell so much on that. Rather we will do our best to finish well in the league this season," said Ikhana.

Kwara United are placed 11th on the Premier League log with 46 points from 33 games.

Ikhana's men have failed to win in their last five games in all competitions.

The Afonja Warriors have lost to Enugu Rangers (in the Wafu Cup) as well as 3SC, Bukola Babes and Zamfara United in the league.

Kwara United last won a game on July 2 when they defeated title-chasing Sunshine Stars 3-2 at the Ilorin Township Stadium.

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