Technical Adviser of Nasarawa Amazons Football Club, Christopher Danjuma, has attributed the 2019 AITEO CUP winners, Nasarawa Amazons’ loss to fatigue.
Danjuma who has also been contracted to lead Nigeria’s U-20 female team, the Falconets, to the 12th Africa Games in Morocco later this month, revealed this at the post-match interview with journalists at the Lafia City Stadium, venue of the rescheduled week two match of the Nigerian Women’s Premier League between the Lafia-based club and 2017/2018 Nigerian Women’s Premier League winners and defending champions, Bayelsa Queens FC.
According to him, “Our team (Nasarawa Amazons) is severely fatiqued, emanating from clustered fixtures. On Wednesday last week, we were in Akure against Sunshine Queens for our league opener, and we went straight to Kaduna for the AITEO CUP final against Rivers Angels on Sunday. And today, we played Bayelsa Queens”, he opined.
“So, you can see that all these matches were against tough oppositions, and within the space of just one week. We were equally on the road three times during this period.
“From every indication, the players have to rest and recuperate well from their fatigue before meeting Kaduna Babes in their next group game because three matches and three journeys in one week is not the easiest for the team, even though that is not an excuse for today’s defeat”, Coach Danjuma said.
Reacting on his team’s general performance, the gentle-looking Danjuma added thus: “Naturally, if you don’t make mistakes, goals don’t come. Our girls made two mistakes on goal and that is just it.
“However, I must commend their resilience. We conceded in the 25th minute of the first-half through Anjor Mary, but bounced back to level scores at the 54th minute through Odoma Amarachi, before the same Anjor Mary gave the visitors the winning goal at the 58th minute”, he explained.
Today’s result means Nasarawa Amazons are third on the Group C table with one point, while Bayelsa Queens are top with six points, with Sunshine Queens having one point and Kaduna Babes yet to pick any point.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde