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Uwua – Mid-week Games Are Killing Us

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Lobi Stars technical adviser, Godwin Koko Uwua has come to express his dissatisfaction on the mid-week matches, as he says the games are not good for Nigeria football.

Godwin Uwua said that the sole organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) should have put things into consideration before applying the mid-week games into the league system.

He complained about how fatigue sets in for the players and also the frequent travelling from one region to another to play league games within two days on bad roads is completely tiring.

The Benue based club suffered a humbling defeat to MFM in the Matchday 3 game of the NPFL in Lagos on Sunday before returning to Makurdi to host ABS and thrash the Ilorin based outfit 3-0 in the Matchday 4 on Wednesday.

Speaking to SportingLife, Uwua stated that:

“We thank God that we won our match against ABS. But I must tell you that the long journey is really affecting how we play our games. Mid-week football is not good for us and not everything you see that you copy. You have to understand that our roads are bad. And we have to travel for league game within three days interval, it is not good at all,”

He also speaks about his time in SouthAfrica, to where he coaches Free State Stars and helps the team secure promotion to the ABSA Premier Soccer League in 2007.

“In South Africa, any journey that is more than three hours is by air. In England, which they are taking travel by air for any match that is more three hours because of jet lag. We travelled about 12 hours to Ibadan for 3SC game on Sunday and it really affected my team’s performance, and we had to travel to Markurdi the following day to play against Kano Pillars on Wednesday. The following morning, we were on the road for another 13 hours journey to Lagos for MFM game. It is not easy and not good for our football. The distance covered is not favourable. We are doing something we don’t understand. Tomorrow (Friday) we will be on the road again to Port-Harcourt to play against Rivers United on Sunday. For how long are we going to continue with this?,” Uwua lamented.

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