.Declares Skipper Ayo –
Although, Crown Football Club struggled but failed to stay above relegation mark at the end of the first stanza, the club captain,Segun Ayo believes they would muscle their way to remain afloat when the second half of the Glo Nigeria Premier League kicks off on Sunday.
Crown FC placed 16th on the log after 19 matches of the 2013/2014 NPL season, and as they begin the second round with a clash against fellow relegation threatened side, Bayelsa United, Ayo dispels any contemplation that they will go down and declared that the target of the players is to ‘finish fine’ on the league table.
Crown FC’s first four matches of the second round are against tough sides starting with Bayelsa United, Lobi Stars, Heartland and then Dolphins, but Ayo says “The spirit is high in our camp and all of us have resolved to play our hearts out to rescue Crown FC from relegation.
“Our opponents should write us off at their own peril because 19 matches are enough to achieve any dream as a serious-minded team. The boys have promised to redouble their efforts in their approach to matches and we are raring to start with a resounding victory against Bayelsa United”, Ayo stated.
Ayo, a centre defender and an influential leader in the team, links Crown FC’s current position to some crises they are passing through, but he thinks the players are more dedicated now than before.
“What’s happening is just a stage which in no way can interfere with our professionalism. In terms of finances, the management has assured us that things will change in our favour that all our entitlements will be paid, so we have to reciprocate by doing our best for the club”.
In terms of playing staff, the Crown FC captain declares that their regular stars such as; defenders Oliha Aigbe, Ibeh Christian and Francis Nedum as well as good midfielders and attackers in Femi Ajayi, Bode Daniel, Okafor Onyekachi, Yakubu Hammed and Yomi Olaoke are still around to help the team.
While Ayo will not pre-empt his management’s plans to spend big by bringing quality signings during the transfer window, he assures that fans of the club would see a reinforced team to be led by their veteran Coach, Lawrence Akpokona when the league resumes.
Crown FC open the second half of NPL this Sunday with Bayelsa United, who shared spoils with them at Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan in a week 19 clash before the break.
The Match Day 20 encounter holds at the Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, an adopted home ground of Bayelsa.
Crown will head straight to Benin City from Nnewi, venue of Wednesday’s Federation Cup quarter-final match against Giwa FC of Jos.