Boboye unfazed by Plateau United's crash in Lokoja


Plateau United coach Kennedy Boboye watched his side’s five-point lead on the NPFL log reduced to two in Lokoja where Niger Tornadoes scored once to banish the ghost of their previous matchday on and off field debacle in Calabar.

In spite of the defeat, Boboye directed a dig at his opponents dismissing them as the weakest side that has faced Plateau United this season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Yet, Boboye whose Plateau United have been the major surprise of the season after 29 matchdays seemed also to suggest that his squad played below their standard.

“I do not think that my lads were the worst, even though I must say that we did not play as well as we should have. “We did not show up well against Tornadoes because, to be honest, the Tornadoes side I saw is the weakest I have played this season. We could have beaten them easily, if not for some factors which were very clear here,” Boboye summed up the day to He acknowledged the clear dangers the defeat presents to the title chase but also noted that while it has closed the gap at the top, it does not in any way endanger their quest.

“I do not think it has affected our chances of lifting the league trophy, unless we drop more points which, I can tell you, we are not keen on doing.

“All said and done, we will be moving attention to the next game, as that is the one we are now concerned about, because this game has come and gone,” the Plateau United coach declared.

It was not the most exciting game, but in the end, it was Samuel Agba’s fourth minute penalty for the home side Niger Tornadoes that separated both sides.

Hostilities were yet to get off, when Rabiu Sani collected a free ball from Ibrahim Babawo and raced towards Plateau United’s goal, only to be felled by Plateau United’s Oghene Elijah in the second minute.