Port Harcourt - Sharks captain Odinga Odinga remains
optimistic they will swim out of the relegation waters despite their recent
precarious run of form which has seen them relegated to bottom of the Glo
The Port Harcourt side have had a season to forget so far,
coupled with the fact that players were being owed backlog of salaries and
match bonuses, but Odinga says they are beginning to get back their lost
“The morale of my mates is much better with the recent
action of the Rivers State Governor,” Odinga told the npfl.ng.
“The fact that we had been playing home fixtures at the
Liberation Stadium was also a setback for our fans and players alike. Though
that stadium is also in Port Harcourt, we however felt in some matches like we
were the away team. But I am glad we are now back to where we honestly feel at
home,” admitted Odinga.
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The long serving captain has played for Sharks for over a
decade, so he knows issues around the Blue Angels more than most. He argues
while the poor run of results which has seen them play 13 games without a win
can be blamed on the departure of coach Gbenga Ogunbote, there are some other
off the pitch niggles.
“Coach Ogunbote was instrumental to turning around our
season in the 2012/13 season. Sadly he is not with the club anymore, but his
absence is not the major cause of our poor form. Players cannot give their best
when there are too many distractions. If you look at the team, you would have
noticed it is mainly the same set of players and we are playing beautiful
football, it is just that our strikers have been unlucky. We have also drawn
many matches, even at home,” he said.
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