By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
A 46th-minute goal by Sikiru Alimi propelled Remo Stars to a 1-0 win over Enyimba International FC on Sunday in the Matchday 36 of the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The win ensured that the Sky Blue Stars maintained its third position on the league table with 56 points from 36 games, a point ahead of Kwara United and three points better than Rangers International FC.
For Remo Stars coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, the focus now is to take the remaining two games at a time as anything can still happen as far as the continental ticket is concerned.
“Since we had gone this far, we need to put in everything and with God on our side, we should be able to get it done. We have two games. We are taking the next game against Sunshine which is a local derby. By virtue of that, anything can happen there as we plan to take the games one at a time. When we get to that bridge, I am sure that we will cross it.” Gbenga Ogunbote told pressmen after Remo Stars’ first-ever win against Enyimba International FC in the NPFL.
A third-place finish at the end of the season for Remo Stars will guarantee a qualification spot in the 2022/2023 TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup, an immediate achievement after gaining promotion to the NPFL from the second-tier Nigeria National League (NNL) last season.
“Three games to writing their names in gold. Many of the players must have gotten continental tickets from different clubs but it becomes history when they get it for Remo Stars. All you need to tell them is motivating enough as history will not forget them if they achieve that feat. The first continental ticket for Remo Stars will be appreciated even more than the team that won the league. This is because we have been able to prove all bookmakers wrong. Our position at the moment is motivating enough.” Gbenga Ogunbote continued.
“The moment the league started, we realised that we were at the top. At some moments, we tried to see where how capacity can take us. By the time we played the first five games, playing against some big teams which enhanced some confidence.” The former Sunshine Stars coach concluded.
Remo Stars will face Sunshine Stars away before ending the season at home with a clash with Niger Tornadoes on July 17.
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