Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) bounced back to winning ways after a 1-0 victory over Abia Comets FC in Match day 3 of the Nigeria National League (NNL) played at Remo Stars Stadium, Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State.
Head Coach, Daniel Ogunmodede made four (4) changes to the side that fell in Yenagoa, Bankole Kayode replaced Okeshina Oluwaseun in goal, Ibrahim Yusuf, Ikumo Donatus and Akanni Qudus all returned to the starting line up.
The Sky Blue Stars started brilliantly mounting a lot of pressure on the visitors with Salami Kelvin making multiple saves to deny Ikumo Donatus and Ibrahim Yusuf.
Remo Stars took the lead in the 20th minute as Ibrahim Yusuf put the Sky Blue Stars ahead with a beautiful strike after connecting well with Ikumo Donatus.
Ibrahim Yusuf tried to double the lead for the host in the 35th minute but his attempt hit the woodwork after dazzling past the visitors defenders.
The Sky Blue Stars got another opportunity to increase their tally after goalkeeper, Bankole Kayode sent a long pass to Victor Osuagwu, he found Ikumo Donatus who misplaced his pass but the ball found its way back to Victor Osuagwu who took at once but Salami Kelvin saved to deny him.
Nduka Junior and Agbeko Morgan got opportunities to extend the lead for the host but Salami Kelvin had been the hero for the visitors since the commencement of the game.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men after Benjamin Michael stamped Tsavaa Emmanuel on his chest, minutes after Tsavaa Emmanuel got a chance, he took a shoot at once but it went over the bar.
The visitors continued to find an equaliser but the good chances were keep safe by Bankole Kayode.
With this victory, the Sky Blue Stars are second on the group B2 log with 6points alongside Crown FC who have higher goal difference.
Remo Stars will travel to Ole Township Stadium in Delta State to honour their Match day four fixtures against Holy Arrows FC.
Reacting on the victory, The goalscorer, Ibrahim Yusuf has said he dedicates his goal to Late Tiyamiyu Kazeem (Kaka) who lost his life a year ago in the hands of SARS Officials.
Ibrahim Yusuf scored his first goal of the season in the 20th minute after he connected well to a brillant pass from Ikumo Donatus.
In a chat with RSFC Media, he says he dedicates his goal to his late teammate and former assistant captain, Tiyamiyu Kazeem.
“I dedicate my first goal of this season to my former teammate and assistant captain, late Tiyamiyu Kazeem (Kaka), he was a very good leader, friend and a very hardworking teammate.”
“It’s a year we lost him, I missed him, I am missing him and I will continue to miss him. He was kind to everybody that came close to him. I am pained he is no more, but I am sure we will meet again someday.”
“I will continue to do everything possible to get goals because my job is to score goals which I am hopeful of getting in our subsequent games.”
Meanwhile, the Head Coach of Remo Stars Football Club, Daniel Ogunmodede has revealed that he is excited with his team victory but very emotional because it is already a year he lost his former assistant Captain, Late Tiyamiyu Kazeem (Kaka) to SARS Officials.
The Sky Blue Stars returned to winning ways courtesy of Ibrahim Yusuf’s 20th minute strike after a disappointing loss over the weekend to Bayelsa United FC.
Speaking with RSFC Media, he noted that his wards needed to get maximum victory coming from an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Bayelsa United in Yenagoa.
“I feel excited, it is an emotional match remembering one of my players, my assistant captain, Late Tiyamiyu Kazeem (Kaka) who was killed by SARS Officials a year ago.”
“Secondly, we just returned from an embarrassing match, not embarrassing in terms of losing the match but the most embarrassing aspect is that we conceded 4 goals in twenty minutes. Our boys wanted to come back with anger but I told them it’s able going to the field to play.”
“We have seen the fixtures of the league from the beginning of the season, it’s not an excuse because we have 25 players, even 30 because we have five players from our junior team who are ever ready to play, and we are prepared.”
“My standout player is a year gone, Tiyamiyu Kazeem (Kaka) is my standout player because we won the game for him.” Daniel Ogunmodede Emotional Despite Victory