Rachael Ugiagbe. Additional report by Janine Anthony
Coach of Sunshine Queens, Matthew Wemimo has said her side is going through a rebuilding process and there is a need to strengthen the squad before the second stanza of the 2016-17 Nigeria Women Premier League commences.
Speaking via the official Sunshine Queens spokesperson after their 3-1 loss to Robo Queens on Wednesday at the Legacy Pitch in Lagos, Matthew stated her team need replacements going into the next round of the NWPL.
She also attributed the team’s performances after the opening round of matches as a result of late preparations and dodgy officiating, which has so far affected the Owena Mermaids.
“I think that now at Sunshine Queens we are in a period of transition. The result today (Wednesday) was not good; Also, the referee kills the game. I don’t like talking about referees performance during match but this one was so open,” she stressed.
“Even people at the stadium were not happy about the officiating, I believe strongly that the new board of the female league will do something about officiating in the second round because they have started well.”
She further spoke of her plans for the second half of the season, saying the coaching crew will get suitable substitutes for the Akure-based outfit and then work with the players to be at the same level with the team.
She also implored her ladies to be more focused, committed and determined ahead of the next stage of the league as she insisted that only the hardworking players will make the team.
The Akure landladies currently sit in fifth position of Group A, with seven points from six matches.