Oladuni Oyekale
According to Crown FC coach,
Oladuni Oyekale, he is already surpassing the expectations of the
side this season.

Oyekale told
Naijafootball247.com that his mandate was not to qualify the team to
the Premier League this season but just to stabilize it but they are
in the title promotion race already.

When I was engaged here the
target was just to stabilize the team this season then go for
promotion in the second year since I was given a 2 year contract.

But you can see we are one
of the front runners now and we will try our best to see if we can
get the ticket,” Oyekale said.

Over the midweek in Omoku,
Crown lost 1-0 to Go Round FC, a game that was played for two days
after rains disrupted proceedings after the first half on Wednesday.

A 73rd minute
goal by Chile Azu ensured that Go Round FC beat Crown side on
Thursday morning.

In the second half played on
Thursday morning, Crown threw everything in their arsenal to escape
with a point, fortifying their defence and ensuring their defenders
kicked out all balls in their area as far away from danger as

Go Round’s gaffer, Ngozi
Elechi threw on barrel chested defender, Chile Azu to play up front
in place of Eta Okon.

Azu’s size would be needed
up front and his long throws would always be a cause of worry for the

Crown’s Oladuni Oyekale
responded by throwing in Samuel Onukwube for Osinachi Charles but it
was the home side that smiled last as Chile Azu got the only goal of
the game in the 73rd minute.

In a characteristic long throw
from about 30 yards from Azu, goalkeeper, Ibikun Araromi completely
mistimed his run and the ball bounced off him to go in to the net to
the delight of the Go Round FC faithful.

In the 2nd minute,
Nelson Esor almost put the host in the lead but the ball was cleared
off the line.

George Vincent also had an
early chance for the hosts but a resilient Crown FC defence ensured
that the goalkeeper gaffe did not result in a goal.

In the 15th minute,
Ebuka Akobundu’s long throw caused panic in the Crown FC area but
the ball was scrambled away for a corner.

The closest the visitors got
to scoring was in the 33rd minute when Lanigan Gbenga,
lurking behind the Go Round FC defenders, caught them off guard and
his effort went off the upright as fans of the home side heaved a
sigh of relief.

Oladuni Oyekale of Crown FC
said his boys played well but the break between halves of the game
affected his side.

My boys did their best. I
wish it didn’t rain yesterday. If it did not rain we may have gotten
something out of the game,” Oyekale said.

You see it is not easy to
play half and then play the second half the next day. It’s
difficult. You know teams have their strategies.. some can go ninety
minutes straight without problems but with the break, it affected our
team,” Oyekale said.

I commend the boys after a
difficult first half yesterday,” Go Round’s Ngozi Elechi said.

They put up a fight today
and it paid off. We know Crown, also chasing promotion and we knew it
would not be easy.”

He suggested that the rains
that stopped the game on Wednesday may have been good for his side
since they played better on Thursday morning than on Wednesday


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