Port Harcourt - Sharks coach Festus Allen has remained
upbeat about his team's chances of retaining their place in the Glo Premier League
next season, despite their defeat to Heartland FC in midweek, and says they
will not be going on relegation.
Allen expressed his frustration on Sharks' inability to
secure at least a point against the Naze Millionaires on Match Day 34, but was
quick to add that he was already looking forward to the Match Day 35 home date
with Shooting Stars in Port Harcourt.
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"We are already focused on our next game against
Shooting Stars. The players will be facing their former coach (Gbenga
Ogunbote), but the situation at hand requires us to do what is needful to
secure all three points from that game. We were in Owerri to win, despite
approaching the game on a positive mind set, but we were unlucky on the day,"
he told npfl.ng.
Asked if his side lost in Owerri on technical grounds, Allen
rejected suggestions that they were technically inferior but promised to put
his team in order ahead of the remaining match days.
"We will regroup and fix some of the few lapses
witnessed against Heartland, and put up a strategy that will ensure we overcome
them," he added.
The ex-Shooting Stars manager said he is optimistic, his
side can pick 10 points from the remaining four games.
"The season is winding down, since the beginning, we
have been playing to win. For the remaining four games, the momentum will not
change. I am confident we can secure 10 points in the remaining games and
maintain our premier league status. This is a realistic target," Allen
Despite the defeat to Heartland FC, Sharks stay a place
above the relegation zone, a point better than City rivals Dolphins.For
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