Glodek FC dug deep and were able to beat MCW Jeff Soccer Academy by two un-replied goals in their clash at the weekend.
The Glodek lads had lost their first two matches in Group D and were seemingly on the verge of being knocked out of the Brown Ideye Challenge.
Goals in either half by Reuben Agwu and Robert Oworodu gave Glodek FC their first points of the tournament and Glodek Coach, Emmanuel Amaechi says it is rather unfortunate that his side had only chosen that particular game to sparkle.
“It’s unfortunate that the best team in Rivers State lost two straight matches. It’s a very painful thing. I however know my boys, we have character. I talked to them, even decided to use just eleven players to prosecute this game and God made it (victory) possible,” Amaechi said.
On his part, Robert Oworodu who got the second goal for Glodek, said, though it was a difficult game, it was a matter of the better side winning on the day.
“First and foremost I want to thank God for the goal. It wasn’t an easy game today. We all played very well but they usually say the better side should win and we were better than them.
“We trained very hard for this game. Throughout the week we were training under the rain, under the sun. We believed today we were going to win the match and we won it 2:0.”
Despite turning up for the game in high spirits, it was a deflated Ndubisi Ihejirika (Coach of MCW Jeff Soccer Academy) who spoke to the press after the encounter.
“Up till this moment I am not myself because if you watch the game very well, you’ll see we did very well. We had better chances than them but we couldn’t convert them. Well I am short of words and I don’t know what to say however it is a game but I believe we will come out in our next game to see if we can scale through to the next stage.”
Still in Group D, Benedi United lost their second game on the bounce when they fell to an injury time goal at the hands of Port Harcourt City FC.
Coach Enoh Okon of Benedi United was a disappointed man after the game saying his side appeared to have lost steam after starting the tournament on fire.
“I feel so bad because we started very well. In tournaments like this, even in the World Cup, you see teams stepping up their game as the competition progresses but we started very well and we’ve started coming down. It is unusual.”
Benedi Utd had won their opening two matches in group D but with 6pts after playing all possible four matches will now have to depend on luck if they are to progress to the knock out stages.
Note: Each of the 4 Groups in the Brown Ideye Challenge is made up of 5 teams.