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Sharks coach sure of staying afloat

27 October 2015, 15:17

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 said.

Despite the defeat to Heartland FC, Sharks stay a place above the relegation zone, a point better than City rivals Dolphins.

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