Oyedele Adebayo’s header in the 49th minute secured maximum points for Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) at the Ole Township Stadium, Delta State in Match day four (4) fixture against Holy Arrows FC in the ongoing Nigeria National League (NNL).
Head Coach, Daniel Ogunmodede made three (3) changes to the side that got all three points at home against Abia Comets FC, Oyedele Adebayo made his first start replacing injured Osuagwu Victor, Ozaveshe Balogun also replaced Olawale Yusuf who was dropped to the bench and Ariyo Temitayo made the list for the first time.
Dimeji Oshode, media manager of the team, in a post-match statement said, both sides started brilliantly into the game but it was the host that had the first attempt at goal when Abalawa Anthony faced Bankole Kayode but played it wide.
Nduka Junior tried his luck from a free kick after his attempt was saved by the host goalkeeper, Odoani Sunday.
The Sky Blue Stars continued to mount pressure on the host and a chance fell towards Yusuf Ibrahim, he got hold of the bal and took a brilliant shot that went over the bar.
Holy Arrows FC had the brightest of chance after Agoh James took a free kick that hit the woodwork and immediately Ozaveshe Balogun cleared the ball away from his danger area.
Few minutes after the commencement of the second half, Yusuf Ibrahim fought for the ball to dribble his marker and sent inside the box and Oyedele Adebayo was there to convert wonderfully for the Sky Blue Stars.
The chance continued to come Remo Stars’ way as Adedayo Olamilekan found space to extend the lead for the Sky Blue Stars, he took and it went inches over the bar.
Ariyo Temitayo also found space to increase the tally for the visitors after he connected well with Adedayo Olamilekan, he tried not to be selfish and located Oyedele Adebayo but his chance to double his goal proved abortive after Odoani Sunday saved brilliantly.
Ten minutes to the end of the game, an opportunity came the way of the host through Ikechukwu Promise but Bankole Kayode was active to avert the danger for his side.
The victory now sees Remo Stars FC go top of the table of Group B2 with 9 points, and they host local rivals, Gateway United at the Remo Stars Stadium in Match day five (5) of the Nigeria National League (NNL).
Ogunmodede Dedicates Victory to the President, Players
Head Coach of Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC), Daniel Ogunmodede have dedicated the victory against Holy Arrows FC to the President of the club, Honourable Kunle Soname and his players.
The Sky Blue Stars got the deserved victory through Oyedele Adebayo after a headed home Yusuf Ibrahim’s cross in the 49th minute of the game.
Speaking with RSFC Media, he says the victory is dedicated to the President for his patience after investing a lot to the club.
“I dedicate the victory to the President of the club for his patience after investing some much into the club after the disappointing defeat in our first away game of the season, it’s not easy because I try to put myself in his shoes but as a professional coach, I understand that such happens in football. Very unimaginable but it has happened, so I give it to him.”
“I feel very happy for the boys for the ability to fight back after the last embarrassment in our last away game and the victory is dedicated to them also because they fought really hard in the very intense game.”
“I scouted Adebayo during the Covid-19 period in Lagos, I watched him play twice, and I am not surprised with the goal he scored today. His goal was well-timed, good anticipation and a wonderful technique.”
“He is a clinical player, maybe the most clinical of the attackers I have, he’s not that powerful, but he showed he really deserved to be in the line up.
Our plan was just to retain the ball, contain the opponent and whenever the chance come, we take it. Eventually the chance came in the game, and he took it, that was why I had to put Adebayo upfront.”