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Crown FC hopeful of promotion to NPL

04 April 2013, 11:01

Umuahia - Crown FC of Oshogbo Chief Coach, Daniel Ogunmodede, on Wednesday said that his wards were focused on promotion to the Nigerian Premier League (NPL) at the end of season.

Ogunmodede made known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after 2-0 loss to Abia Warriors of Umuahia in the  Nigerian National League (NNL) week 15 mid-week encounter.

The match was decided at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Wednesday.

He said though the loss was "a big shock", but it has not affected our position at the top of Group ‘B’ table.

"Our aspiration still remains getting promoted at the end of this current season and we are still leading our group in spite of this result," he said.

Ogunmodede said that the standard of play in the NNL was been compromised by poor officiating as home teams were given undue advantage.

"Match officials in the NNL need to wake up and emulate their colleagues that officiate in the NPL.

"A lot of teams in the NPL now win away games while others record good draws," he said.

He faulted the indirect kick that was awarded against his side inside the 18 yard box that led to the first goal.

He said that Abia Warriors was a very good side that needed not to be assisted to win games through poor officiating.

The coach added that fair officiating would bring out the best in the team.

"We met a very good side with high standard of play and they deserved the win today," Ogunmodede said.

Chikatara Chisom scored Abia Warriors first goal in the 24th minute from an indirect kick awarded inside the 18 yard box.

Chima Ezekwe made it 2 – 0 for the home team in the 47th minute.

NAN reports that the midweek game signalled the end of the first stanza of the 2012/2013 NNL season.



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