Bendel Insurance head coach Monday Odigie insists he is not paying attention to his side’s unbeaten run in the current Nigeria Premier Football League season, www.aclsports.com reports.
The Benin Arsenals played out another draw on Sunday with Remo Stars in Ikenne to take their unbeaten run to 14 games. The home side went ahead through Franck Kwame’s first goal for the club before Divine Nwachukwu equalised five minutes later for Odigie’s side.
“I am not a coach who work by expectations, I just try to do my job the best way I can,” Odigie began after the game.
“Yes, Bendel Insurance just came in from the lower division. So, if the team doesn’t fight, we might not be able to sustain being in the NPFL. So, what we will just do is to try to fight for every game we get to play, go back to correct our mistakes and that’s just the game of football.
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When he was asked about his side’s 14-game unbeaten run, the tactician had this to say;
“I don’t even know what is going on around whether something called unbeaten because thats not the issue. We have faced very good sides and if they had taken all their chances, results won’t be the same and that’s just it.
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Insurance are yet to win a game in the second stanza and have drawn all five games, but Odigie believes the teams have studied each other and chances have been limited.
“Nothing happened. The game just got thicker, teams watch other teams and football gets very dynamic. You can’t take take people for granted, if you don’t get your chance, you make sure you don’t allow them.
On a final note, the coach spoke about what they hope to do until the end of the season following their remarkable run this campaign.
“[On unbeaten run] I don’t even know about what you said. The team is just going back to correct the mistakes from this match and just try to get better.
“Complacency is the mother of all destruction. If you look at the team, it is a young team and just coming into the NPFL with no experience. We just want to play football and see where God takes us at the end of the season,” he concluded.
Insurance stay top of Group A for yet another week and will face Elkanemi in Benin on Match Day 15 next weekend.