Yusuf blames Sharks de­feat on play­ers

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua

Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser of El-Kanemi War­riors, Sal­isu Yusuf has blamed his team’s 0-2 loss in the Nigeria League week 9 to Sharks on the in­abil­ity of his play­ers to click.

The de­feat left El-Kanemi on 12 points while Sharks re­main on top of the log with 17 points from nine matches.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust yes­ter­day on phone, the coach said his play­ers did not im­press in the match as they failed to lift up their game against Sharks.

The for­mer Su­per Ea­gles as­sis­tant coach said had his play­ers played up to even fifty per cent of their abil­i­ties, his team would have left PortHar­court with some­thing in its kitty.

He said even as the two goals his team con­ceded came from the penalty spot, he will not make any com­ments on the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion be­cause it is fi­nal.

Yusuf said ques­tion­ing the de­ci­sions of ref­er­ees can eas­ily get some­one into the bad books of au­thor­i­ties and he would not want to be a vic­tim.

“I agree that my play­ers did not step up their game. They did not play their nor­mal game. I was not im­pressed with their per­for­mance.

“Had it been they played half of what they are ca­pa­ble of play­ing, we would have left Port-Har­court with a good re­sult. They did not play well.

“I do not want to talk about the penal­ties that were awarded against us be­cause ref­er­ees de­ci­sions are fi­nal. Once de­ci­sions are made, they have been made and there is noth­ing any­one can do about it.

El-Kanemi War­riors Foot­ball Club play­ers in ac­tion against Kano Pil­lars in the Nigeria Pre­mier League last year.

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