Dolphins’ captain, goalkeeper Sunday Rotimi says missed chances were to blame for their CAF Confederation Cup away match loss to Leones Vegetarianos in Malabo on Saturday.
Dolphins lost the CAF Confederation Cup game via a 57th minute goal and Rotimi says that goal may not have mattered if the team had taken their chances.
“It’s a game we should have won but our attackers threw away many chances in the first half. From where I was, I counted four of them.
“In important games like these you must take your chances and these four we got were clear cut chances and we should have scored them but our attackers failed to do so and the result is the loss,” Rotimi said.
Rotimi also pointed out that the team was not robbed in Malabo but that they lost due to carelessness.
“We know the terrain very well and referees will always give slight advantages to the home side which he did on Saturday, but imagine if we had scored those four goals or even two of them and the story would have been different.
“We were not robbed, we were just careless on the day,” Rotimi said.
Coach of Dolphins, Stanley Eguma handed a debut shirt to Christian Pyagbara and it was Dolphins on the front foot in the first half but carelessness on the part of the attackers ensured the first half ended goalless.
Ifeanyi Egwim had a chance to score but missed when that was the more difficult option.
Isiaka Olawale was also through on goal but failed to find the back of the net and Tijani Adamu had his turn to miss and while the goalkeeper was beaten, his outstretched leg stopped the ball from going in.
Pyagbara also registered his name amongst players who missed clear cut chances in the first half when he blasted wide with the ball at his feet in front of the goal.
Going into the break, it seemed Dolphins would turn out winners on the day until the 57th minute, when Jonathan Zikiye failed to take care of a Vegetarianos winger, whose low cross in the box was jabbed home after defenders Victor Ezuruike and Joseph Zaovi Douhadji were found ball watching.
Five minutes later it could have been 2-0 if not for Sunday Rotimi making a point blank save in the box and Dolphins were the more relieved team at the full time whistle.