Coach of Ibom Angels, Whyte Ogbonda has stated that it was due to some ‘psychological talk’ that his team succeeded in picking their first win of the 2016/17 Nigeria Women Premier League season on Matchday 5.
With goals from Blessing Okpe and Charity Reuben, the Uyo-based outfit defeated Abia Angels 2-1 at the Uyo Township Stadium on April 26 and climbed up to fifth from bottom in group A.
Speaking to LadiesMarch in a recent telephone interview, coach Ogbonda tried to explain what he did differently in their match against Abia Angels that fetched him the much needed three points.
“Phychological talk,” he began. “Letting the players know that much is expected of us and if we wanted to make any headway this season it had to be in that match (against Abia Angels).”
“The match was like the final of an FA Cup, if anything had gone wrong and we missed the three points then we are out of (contention) for the league. So we had to give ourselves a market value which means getting an outright victory not minding what the referee or the away team would do.”
Ogbonda added that his team were very uncomfortable at the bottom of the table and so they were under pressure prior to their match against Abia Angels.
“When the management puts pressure on me definitely I will have to put a little pressure on the players. But then, the previous matches we played they have been trying their best it is just that their best have not been good enough.”
“There was a lot of pressure on me and I tried to see how I could manage the pressure between me and the players to make sure we got that three points against Abia Angels,” he said.
Ibom Angels will be guests to Bayelsa Queens in a Matchday 6 encounter scheduled for May 3.