There were some festivities amongst players of Abia Warriors at the conclusion of their MatchDay 8 component last Wednesday. The team had simply tape-recorded their first win of the season in an emphatic fashion; a 4-1 win over feared Sunshine Stars in Okigwe.

For the management and training staff, it was a big sigh of relief and a satisfactory sense in seeing their perseverance beginning to flourish of not just getting the right results it should have but also an outstanding team cohesion. Warriors made their worst ever begin because making their Nigeria Expert Football League bow in 2014 when they lost their first 4 matches this term. It was undoubtedly an inexplicable type provided the high expectation that routed the appointment of previous league winner Imama Amapakabo as head coach.

The Umuahia side also made headings with their preseason gamers recruitment. As expected, the miserable run of results loaded an enormous quantity of pressure on Amapakabo and his coaching team, with the club explaining while providing a three-match ultimatum that “the technical crew has actually delighted in the best support and cooperation ever provided to any crew in the club’s history”. As though that was the tonic required, results begun dripping in; with all 3 matches in concern ending in draws.

At least, the spate of losses had actually ended prior to the much elusive win gotten here on MatchDay 8 against a group they had never ever beaten in the league until that point. Amapakabo confessed to that there was pressure however insists it is same for every single supervisor in the league.

“Like I state all the time, which coach is not under pressure?” queried the 2016 league winning coach. “Every coach is under pressure; the coach at the top of the league is under pressure, the coaches at the bottom are under pressure. The league diadem is not given till after 38 weeks and in this side of the world, when things do not turn well, the pressure comes right away.

“It is unmatched that the team goes 7 games without a win however we were doing it right, we were seeing the image we were attempting to paint. “My handle all of it the time was to tell my players not to be discouraged because if they get disheartened they would lose image of what we were trying to do. So long as they keep focus, the result is going to come. “This becomes part of the results that come and we still have about thirty video games to play so if they keep their heads up they will get more of these kind of outcomes,” said Amapakabo.