By Boris Esono N
Sports Writer kick442.com, Cameroon
The coach of Tiko United FC alias the Samba Boys has blamed his defeat in the opening game of the new football season on limited trainings he has had with his boys thus far.
Coach Maurice Mbatchou was speaking to journalists after a suffering a one nil defeat against Eteki Esoh Memorial Sports Academy, EEMSA at the Tiko Town Green Stadium on December 13.
The lone goal for EEMSA was scored by Bache Manfred at the 19 minute of play. Both sides has chances but could not convert.
“EEMSA was a good side because they scored. In my training I had the effectiveness of 8 players. How can 8 players train well? No mater the defeat it is not bad as the boys played well. Just lack of training. If they come together they will do well,” Coach Maurice Mbatchou said.
Coach Maurice added that there are some little talks behind refusing players not to come and train because of personal interest. “We are not here for interest but to unite Tiko population,” He said.
Coach Maurice Mbatchou was equally disappointed with the performances of his team captain, Eken Livinus. The player had countless opportunities but could not succeed in getting an equalizer for his side. He had a one-on-one situation in both halves of play but shut to the waiting hands of goalkeeper Martin Egbe on both occassions.
“I am not please at all. My captain disappointed me. You cannot be a captain of the team and not have a fighting spirit. You have to fight like a leader,” a disappointed coach Maurice told the media.
Tiko United FC will have to regroup fast of they have to succeed in their target of reaching the Elite two football championship this season. The defeat against EEMSA has slowly dashed that hope, but all is not lost according to coach Maurice.
Certainly, Tiko United still has games against Little Foot FC, Ajax FC Likomba, and Treviso. Should they succeed in wining their games and hope the other teams drop points, then their target will still be achievable.
Match day one of the new football season continues on December 20, with the rest of the other teams. The championship is expected to go on a recess after December 20, only to return after the conclusion of the Africa Nations Championship (Jan to Feb 2021).
Upon the restart of the championship, Tiko United FC will face Little Foot FC in match day three. The team will be exempted from match day two, with Treviso against Ajax and Little Foot against EEMSA marking day two in Pool F.
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