Bala Nkiyu blames pitch for Wikki Tourists Umuahia defeat, says Abia Warriors were lucky


Wikki Tourists coach, Bala Nkiyu, has expressed his disappointment at the poor state of the pitch at the Umuahia Township stadium the home ground of Abia Warriors, their last opponents in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The former Katsina United coach said his team struggled in both halves due to the inability of his team to play properly as a result of the terrible status of the pitch.

“In the first half, we couldn’t keep the ball because of the nature of the field and we still couldn’t keep the ball in the second half no matter how hard we tried” he said

“This(Umuahia Township Stadium) is not a good field. There is no way anyone will play fluid football here” he added.

The coach believes Abia Warriors were only lucky to beat his Wikki Tourists as they came to Umuahia very optimistic that they can come home with a result.

He refused to blame injuries as a reason for the loss, stating that injuries on its own are unavoidable.

“Abia Warriors were just lucky and the game is all about luck, you either win, lose or draw and I felt we could beat them.

“Everyone I brought here was ready to play, injuries are part of the game and are unavoidable” he told journalists.

With the defeat behind him, he already has his sights on the next game.

“We’ll go home and prepare for our next game” he concluded.

Abia Warriors were playing at the Umuahia Town Stadium for the first time after the two matchday suspension of the ground was lifted last weekend but it seems there wasn’t much improvement.

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