Enyimba International manager Gbenga Ogunbote has said he believes his former team Shooting Stars will survive relegation this term.
The Oluyole Warriors defeated Ogunbote’s tutored Enyimba side 1-0 last weekend at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan. The match saw Ogunbote return to Ibadan six months after he left the Oluyole Warriors and pitched tent with the People’s Elephant.
Adebayo Abayomi’s 8th minute goal helped Shooting Stars secure the maximum three points. The victory moved Shooting Stars out of the bottom four, they now occupy 16th position with 40 points and one point above the bottom four with seven matches left to play.
“I believe Shooting Stars will survive relegation, I’m impressed with the level of their performance in their last five games. They are unbeaten and the victory against my team has put them in good advantage.
“They prepared well against us and if they prepare for the remaining matches like they did against my team, I’m optimistic they will survive relegation.
“The club doesn’t deserve to go down, they have got passionate fans. I appreciated the love the fans had for me, they gave me a wonderful welcome. I was happy, I left a big history at Shooting Stars.
“The concentration level must be high in their remaining matches and they must work hard. With the quality I saw in the team, I’m optimistic they will survive,” said Ogunbote to Naijafootballplus.com.
Ogunbote have now lost all three matches against Shooting Stars as coach. The former Sunshine Stars coach said he needs to be more lucky next time.
“I have worked in separate two season in Ibadan and with collective efforts we survived relegation and finished well despite getting the job when the team was in a difficult situation.
“I have not been lucky anytime I come back here with another team, I hope I will be lucky next time. I thought I had a chance with Enyimba but we lost the game in a careless moment.“My attackers switched off and we couldn’t redeem the poor day, we could have done better but we have picked the pieces and we will get better,” Ogunbote added.