Ogunbote sees Tornadoes defeat as setback, dissatisfied with the Bako Kontagora pitch


Gbenga Ogunbote. Photo credit: Rangers media

Rangers International FC coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, has expressed his disappointment at both his sides defeat and the state of the pitch in Minna.

The former Sharks, Sunshine Stars and Enyimba coach, in a chat with journalists, revealed that he organized his side for at least a draw but will take the defeat and move on.

“The result is a temporary setback. We thought we will get  something positive but since we didn’t get it, we’ll go back and face  our next game,” Ogunbote said.

On the state of the Bako Kontagora pitch, he wondered how it was passed fit to host topflight professional football games.

“This is no pitch, I wonder how it was approved. It is not football friendly. It can’t allow one to string two or three passes together,” he vented.

He also congratulated his opponents and said that his team will work on their lapses.

“All teams in the league are good. Tornadoes are where they are because they aren’t a bad side. We’ll make amends to our team,” Ogunbote concluded.

Niger Tornadoes only returned to the Bako Kontagora stadium in Minna this season after two seasons in Lokoja but it seems that more work is needed to put the stadium in top shape with the LMC hammer almost falling on them during the last set of suspensions meted out to a few grounds in the league.

The suspensions have since been lifted.

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