Osawe bets on Sharks for NPFL crown

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Sharks de­fender, Alaba Osawe, is con­fi­dent that the Port Har­court are ca­pa­ble of win­ning their first-ever top flight ti­tle in Nigeria this term.

The Blues An­gels’ big­gest achieve­ment since they were founded 42 years ago re­mains the Wafu Club Cup which they won in 2010.

Sharks have come close to win­ning the Fed­er­a­tion Cup (for­merly known as the FA Cup) on three oc­ca­sions when they fin­ished as los­ing fi­nal­ists in 1979, 2003 and 2009.

In 1996, Sharks were also close to win­ning a first league ti­tle but got pipped on goal dif­fer­ence by Udoji United af­ter fin­ish­ing on same num­ber of points.

But Osawe, who put in a mas­sive shift in de­fence for Sharks on Wed­nes­day when they won 2-1 at Kaduna United, be­lieves this is the Port Har­court club’s sea­son to end their chase for a first league ti­tle.

“Yes we can win the league (this sea­son) be­cause we have shown we are a win­ning side. What I just be­lieve is that this sea­son is Sharks’ sea­son.

“But we must keep our heads cool and re­main dis­ci­plined be­cause it is still a long sea­son. With God’s help and bar­ring any in­jury to our play­ers, we have a good chance of win­ning the league,” said the for­mer Sun­shine Stars’ man.

“We are not un­der pres­sure to win this league. The good thing is we have a good team to com­pete and one that can win the league. Sharks is a spe­cial club and all the play­ers want to make his­tory here but we know we have to play well and take it one game at a time,” he said.

Alaba Osawe

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