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Amoo calls Aiteo Cup loss colossal

Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) technical adviser Fatai Amoo says the club's massive loss to Akwa United in the Aiteo Cup was a catastrophic failure.

The Oluyole Warriors fell 1-5 to the Promise Keepers in Wednesday’s Aiteo Cup round of 16 clash at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

The former Sunshine Stars tactician could not make the futile campaign at the Uyo landlords due to some logistic challenges as the chief coach, Edith Agoye, saw his side to their worst defeat in the annual football championship.

Amoo said he could guess without making excuses for the poor performance that his wards must have been too tired and worn out to raise a meaningful fight due to the stressful and tedious top-flight trips to Maiduguri and Lokoja respectively prior to the Aiteo Cup clash at Akwa United.

“I actually wanted us to win the Aiteo Cup clash against Akwa United but something told me that it would be too tough.

“Akwa United are a solid side and you must be 100 percent fresh and physically fit to confront the side in a competitive match.

“I’m sure fatigue would have taken its toll on the players considering the stressful and tedious trips to Maiduguri and Lokoja respectively for the league matches.

“I cannot comprehend the scoreline but I know that if the players had been fresh the outcome would not have been as catastrophic.

The loss to Akwa United has seen the Ibadan landlords exit the Aiteo Cup.

The drawn matches will be replayed at the home ground of the Team B on Saturday, September 16.

Men’s Aiteo Cup round of 16 results:

FC Abuja 0-0 Niger Tornadoes

Akwa Starlets 1-2 Plateau United

Ngwa FC 1-3 Sunshine Stars

Osun United 2-1 El Kanemi Warriors Babes

Unicem Rovers 0-1 ABS FC

Akwa United 5-1 3SC

Ekiti United 1-1 Katsina United Feeders

FC IfeanyiUbah 3-1 Heartland


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