Lobi Stars striker Tony Okpotu sad to miss Rivers Utd. clash

By Daily Sports on May 22, 2016

Lobi Stars striker Tony Okpotu has voiced his sentiments as he prepares to sit out Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against the leaders, Rivers United.

Okpotu will not take part in the game billed for Sunday at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi as he is suspended following the accumulation of five yellow cards this season.

The fearsome forward says missing the big clash saddens him but insists capable replacements are in line to fill in his stead.

“My teammates will miss me (on Sunday) but I am very confident in the players who will replace me and my strike partner, (Kingsley) Eduwo (who is also suspended for the clash with Rivers United).

“I believe the other strikers will step up to the plate.

“It hurts not to play in such an important game but there is nothing anyone can do now,” Okpotu told supersport.com.

Lobi Stars head coach, Godwin ‘Koko’ Uwua, also took the time to discuss the suspension of Okpotu and Eduwo, explaining that it does not set the cat among the pigeons for his side.

“The boys are important to me quite alright but without them, the team can still move on and that is why we registered 30 players for the season.

“And for me, the first 20 of these 30 players (registered by Lobi Stars for this season’s NPFL campaign) are extremely important but this is a chance for those that don’t get to play regularly to prove themselves.

“They now have a chance to prove to me that they deserve to be in the team ahead of players like Eduwo and Okpotu.

“This is actually a good situation for me,” Uwua posited.

Okpotu has impressed this season, netting nine times thus far while Eduwo has scored four goals this term.

•Photo shows Lobi Stars striker Tony Okpotu.

Source Daily Sports

Posted May 22, 2016


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