Newly promoted NPFL side Remo Stars are not finding life easy in the top flight league after securing promotion from the second division.
Remo Stars spent four seasons in the NNL before they got their breakthrough last season and secured one of the four tickets to the NPFL.
Their debut NPFL season started with an home defeat to Plateau United and six matchday’s later the Sky Blues lost again at home to Niger Tornadoes. The poor run of games at home raised questions about their newly adopted home ground in Sagamu, the Gateway International Stadium after Remo Stars spent the last four years playing in Ijebu-ode at the Dipo Dina International Stadium.
After the poor run of results in the opening weeks of the season, contract talks between the club’s management and team coach Nduka Ugbade broke down and the man who got the team promoted departed the club.
Assistant coach Daniel Ogunmodede took charge of two matches and he lost the two fixtures both home and away.
After a turbulent start to the season with managerial problems, the club’s management finally settled for Crown FC coach, Osho Fatai.
Since his arrival, Fatai Osho has picked up 13 points from a possible 33 with Remo Stars rooted to the foot of the table.
With just days left before the mid-season transfer window closes, Remo Stars have got to do some business if they wish to remain in the NPFL beyond their debut season.
Who should come in?
Ndukwe Chizoba started the season as the team’s first choice goalkeeper but has recently seen himself relegated to the substitutes bench after some inconsistent performances. His error against Lobi Stars on matchday nine which proved costly drew the ire of the fans and prompted the coach to replace him with Walbe David. David has looked impressive but lacks the experience needed at this level.
Osho might need to buy an experienced goalkeeper to compliment the efforts of David and Chizoba as the second round will be more tedious. Both goalkeepers have conceded 20 goals from 18 matches. For Remo Stars to compete with the packed second round fixtures, the team may need to buy a goalkeeper with NPFL experience under his belt.
Obi Ekene has been the most impressive defender for Remo Stars this season. Awoyemi Abiodun, Oknuoghae Osas and Ewelike Edozie haven’t looked bad either.
But for a defensive set-up to have conceded more than what the team has scored all season, it is food for thought for Osho. While Ekene and Osas have been formidable in their central pairing, the wing backs look suspect .
With the style of play of the team, and the coach’s philosophy of building from the back the team need to invest in at least two experienced defenders and with a near three days separating matches as seen in the first stanza of the league it will give Osho options in rotating his squad.
Remo Stars captain, Victor Mboama has scored seven goals in his debut season. Mboama has been the standout player for the Sky Blue in the first stanza. However, Remo Stars are lacking adequate back-up for Mboama.
Dufegha Eric came on from the bench and scored the winner against Katsina United, he might be another option for the team. Osho needs to spend big on strikers, quality options to score plenty of goals which will probably translate into points if they must stay up.
Mboama has taken the league by storm, he’ll be no secret weapon anymore for opposition sides when they face Remo Stars in the second half of the league. Osho must work on a plan B with quality strikers.