8th February, 2011
Bukola Babes goalkeeper Aiyeyemi James will miss an opportunity to extend his clean-sheet in theÂ Premier League against Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH due to a knee injury.
The goalkeeper, who holds a record of consecutive five-clean sheets (450 minutes) against NigerÂ Tornadoes, Warri Wolves, Kwara United, Crown and Heartland suffered the injury when he collided with aÂ teammate during training.
Ironically, Aiyeleso Suraq, who lost his position to James due to a toe injury on the eve of the matchÂ day nine encounter at Tornadoes returns to taste match action after watching the last five matchesÂ from the bench.
â€œItâ€™s painful that I wonâ€™t be in goal, but Iâ€™m confident that Suraq will do well. Iâ€™ll be back to setÂ a 10-match record. Iâ€™ve enjoyed every minute on the field in the last five matches,â€ James toldÂ SuperSport.com.
Impressive central defender, Fade Adebayo, who has scored back-to-back free-kicks against Kwara UnitedÂ and Crown, insists teamwork will do the magic against Juth.
â€œWe have a six-match unbeaten run that we want to maintain and another record of five clean sheets.Â The squad are determined to set a standard in the Premier League. The players understand what to doÂ and we work together to get results for the team.
â€œOur technical crew has worked on the team and Juth donâ€™t stand a chance against us,â€ Adebayo said.
Adebayo and his central defence partner, Seun Sogbesan, as well as full-backs, Abubakar Yusuf andÂ Cletus Promise, will have to be at their best to contain Juthâ€™s attack which is the worst in theÂ Premier League with only five goals from 11 matches.
The winless Jos side will have to rise up to the challenge to avoid another home defeat after lastÂ Thursdayâ€™s 1-2 loss to Kano Pillars.
Although both sides are rookies in the Premier League, Bukola Babes have since adapted to the roughÂ terrain with results that have boosted their position on the log, while JUTH have maintained theirÂ poor run and remain at the base of the 20-team log.