By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Ibom Angels coach, Morufu Nojimu Adeyemo says the departure of his key players and swift kick-off of the league contributed to his side’s slow start to the 2021 NWFL Premiership season.
Ibom Angels suffered a 0-1 home defeat to Osun Babes in their opening game of the season.
The former FCT Queens of Abuja, Sunshine Queens of Akure, and Taraba Queens gaffer says the situations of the Club before their first game contributed to Ibom Angels’ slow start in their opening game.
“In our first game, we had the belief that the league will kick start in 2021 due to COVID-19, but unfortunately it started on December 9. More so, I lost the services of my prominent first-team players to Edo Queens, Rivers Angels, sunshine Queens, Bayelsa Queens, and confluence Queens. I had to make do with what I have left even though I got some replacement just to fulfill the registrations which may take time for them to blend and fit in properly as the time was not much when the league kick start. So we lost the game 0-1 at home.” Coach Morufu told www.kick442.com.
After the opening day defeat, Ibom Angels improved on their set-back by playing out a 1-1 draw away to Pelican Stars in Calabar.
The CAF B licenced coach, Morufu opined that after their defeat to Osun Babes, the team decided to be at the top of their games which resulted in their steady improvement.
He said: “For the second game we talk to ourselves that if we must get proper support from our management then we need to be on top of our game and this pays well for the team as we went to Calabar to pick a 1-1 draw.”
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The Orange Ladies eventually secured their first win of the season with a 2-1 win against Royal Queens in their week three tie.
Morufu Adeyemo asserted that the players promised to win the game against Royal Queens which they eventually achieve as Ibom Angels plan to take each game as they come.
“For the game against Royal Queens, the players promised to win which was approved by Almighty Allah. We will approach each match as it comes. My prayer is to see that Ibom Angels be placed among the best NWFL Premiership teams in the country.” He disclosed to www.kick442.com.
As a coach, Morufu Adeyemo started his coaching career in 1991 and became a professional coach in 1993 but enters female coaching in 2005.
He has worked with FCT Queens of Abuja, Sunshine Queens of Akure, Taraba Queens of Jalingo.
The traveled coach has also coached male teams like Agege United in Lagos (1991-1998), worked as an Assistant Coach with VON FC Abuja, and Supreme Court FC also of Abuja.
The Ibom Angels gaffer has also coached NAF FC Abuja, Army Garrison football team at the 2016 Army Games, and Police Academy (2018).
He is a product of the National Institute of Sports (NIS 1998-2004), a CAF/FIFA Beach soccer lincenced coach, and a CAF B football lincenced coach.
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