Gbenga Ogunbote dismisses NPFL title talk

Gbenga Ogunbote dismisses NPFL title talk

Remo Stars head coach Gbenga Ogunbote believes it is too early to start talking about a title challenge. In this season’s Nigeria Professional Football League, the Sky Blue Stars have stayed unbeaten after seven matchdays and are currently second on the log, a point behind leaders Rivers United.

The former Sunshine Stars gaffer dismissed the title talk while speaking at the club’s virtual media parley ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Enugu Rangers held on Twitter Spaces on Tuesday night.

The highly experienced tactician won his first title – Aiteo Cup in 2018 – with Enugu Rangers and was asked by ACLSports Samuel Areo if he is looking towards winning the league, having been close with Sunshine Stars about a decade ago.

“I won’t want to be carried away by the initial results we have gotten so far. I wish we will continue it and I pray that we have the capacity to manage the success.

“We have 31 games to determine that. I think if we can continue with the trend which we started, that will determine. It is too early to be thinking about that[league title],” says Ogunbote.

On playmaker Dayo Ojo being his only tactical plan going into every game, Ogunbote responded “That’s the speculation all over the place. In every team, you need to have a leader on the pitch and Dayo is one. Of course, we have other plans but he is undoubtedly a big player for us”

In reaction to other questions, Ogunbote agreed that Wednesday’s opponents are in top form and hopes they can underrate his dangerous young side.

“Rangers is a big team. We are not scared of them but we have respect for them considering their pedigree and what they have achieved in the league. When it comes to the game, it is a different thing entirely and I pray that they underrate us.

Remo Stars are in Nnewi to face the Flying Antelopes in matchday eight’s final game ahead of next week’s showdown with unbeaten Rivers United.

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