24th November, 2010
Coach of Nigeria Premier League, NPL, leaders, Shooting Stars Football Club of Ibadan, Fatai Amoo, said he still expects massive improvement in his teamâ€™s midfield as the team visit Kano Pillars in Week 04 fixtures this weekend.
Shooting Stars are top of the NPL standings with seven points from three matches, but Amoo told MTNFootball.com his midfield in particular remains work in progress.
â€œIâ€™m happy with the results but not the team performance. The midfield is still not living up to my expectations. They are not creating chances for the strikers, who have mostly used their individual efforts to get the goals they have scored so far,â€ Amoo told MTNFootball.com
â€œWe have great potentials in the middle and that is why Iâ€™m still hopeful that they will soon begin to deliver. During my time as coach of Julius Berger, I really emphasised on the midfield, probably because I also played in midfield.â€
Youngster Chima Akas has taken the NPL by storm. Coach Amoo told MTNFootball.com that the youngsterâ€™s second goal against Bukola Babes at the weekend was a bonus because he merely brought in the schoolboy international to play a defensive role in midfield.
â€œHeâ€™s a young utility player, who I prefer to use on the left side of midfield,â€ explained the former national team assistant coach. â€œAgainst Bukola Babes, I brought him in to stop their attacks from the right, and so when he scored, it was actually a bonus.â€
Meanwhile,Â 3SC coach, Fatai Amoo, says the clubâ€™s forward, Gbolahan Salami, will not have an automatic shirt after his two-match suspension.
Salami scored a brace against his former team, Sunshine Stars, on match day one, but was suspended for two matches by the Nigeria Premier League due to indecent conduct.
Amoo stated that the battle for places in the team has become tougher with the performance of the club in the last two matches without Salami.
â€œIt wonâ€™t be easy for him to get his place back because the team has scored four goals in his absence. He has been training with the club during the period of his suspension and hasnâ€™t shown any loss of form.
â€œSalamiâ€™s return will depend on the pattern of play to be adopted when we analyse our next opponent, Kano Pillars,â€ he said to SuperSport.com.
The former Super Eagles assistant coach noted that the performance of the youngster has brought more options in the attack.
â€œ Okass has not only played well for the team, but has also registered two goals.