Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) midfielder, Kelly Kester has told www.aclsports.com that his side is focused on winning Sunday’s crunchy tie against Bendel Insurance, rather than the motivation of ending their opponents’ unbeaten run.
Insurance shockingly sit atop Group A which has powerhouses like former champions, Enyimba and Akwa United, having won five and drawn one of their six games so far. They thus remain in pole position for a spot in the season-ending Championship Playoffs.
The Benin Arsenal will however face a daunting challenge to their aspirations when they travel to Ibadan to face 3SC on Sunday in what used to be a traditional contest in Nigerian football.
Kelly Kester, the 3SC midfielder who hails from the Bendel region says it is an important game for his side.
“The game on Sunday against Bendel Insurance is a very important game for us because a victory on Sunday helps us go higher on the table and takes us a step closer to our set target for the season,” said the towering defensive midfielder to www.aclsports.com
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There seems to now be some added motivation for Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) teams to want to end Insurance’s dream start to the season but Kester says his side is more focused on winning for their own good on the league table.
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“We are not really concerned with their (Insurance’s) unbeaten run. All we want is just to get the victory which we’ve been training for. At least we’ve had a few more days because there’s no midweek game to try and perfect how we want to play and how the coaches want us to play
“So we’re more focused on winning rather than ending their unbeaten run. However, for us to win means that their unbeaten run has to end, but we’re more focused on our own game than their own,” he added.
Sunday’s game against Insurance marks the start of a very crucial week for 3SC who are currently sixth on the Group A table with eight points. They travel to Aba to face Enyimba three days later before rounding off the first stanza of the league with a home game with Akwa United.