26th April, 2012
After Young Stars Football Club lost 0-2 to defending Champions, First Bank, in the Round of 16 of the Lagos State Challenge Cup played on Tuesday at the Agege Stadium, their coach, Hyginus Okoye, spoke with Grassroots Soccer Guide about their performance.
How will you react to the defeat your team suffered in the hands of First Bank?
It was not a good result for us at all. Our players created many chances but were shy in front of goal, which caused our exit in the Lagos FA Cup.
Your team did not go far this season?
Yes, that’s why I’m disappointed. Our ambition was to go beyond the quarter final we got to in the last edition. But if you look at the team that defeated us, you will agree with me that we lost to a better side.
What contributed to your defeat?
Our team did not convert the chances they created in the first half. We also gave First Bank too much respect which led to our defeat.
Which area do you feel the team need to be fortified ahead of subsequent competitions?
I’m planning to work on the attack. I need to bring in fresh legs to fortify the attack in order to excel in future competitions.
Many coaches complain about the officiating in the Lagos FA Cup, what do you feel about this year’s officiating?
The officiating was fair this year. My team did not lose to First Bank because of bad officiating, we lost because they were better than us.
Do you see First Bank reaching the Lagos FA Cup final this year?
I see them advancing in this tournament but I cannot say they will reach the final. I have not watched other teams play but I wish them luck in their remaining matches.