.As NNL Second Round Begins –
One of Nigeria’s most followed clubs, Stationery Stores Football Club of Lagos must raise their game as they prepare to begin the second round of 2013-2014 Nigeria National League, NNL season this weekend, eyeonthesports.com reports.
Stores, now being tutored by veteran Coach Fatai Amoo, sit slightly above the relegation line on NNL Group B table. The club must win more than half of their remaining 15 matches this season to remain in the National League.
Eyeonthesports.com recalls that when Stores returned to the league scene this year after spending many years in the cooler, their initial ambition was to play their way to the prestigious Nigeria Premier League, NPL.
But the Adebajo Babes are now struggling to maintain a spot in the NNL, following their not too impressive performance during the first round of the country’s first division.
Before the NNL went on mid-season break two weeks ago, Stores ended the first round in the 12th position, a step above the relegation line. The Lagos darling team garnered a total of 18 points from the available 45 points, won five matches from 15 games, lost seven and drawn three matches.
Interestingly, the crowd pulling Adebajo Babes won themselves a place in the hearts of Nigerian football fans soon after their return to the NNL, as a large turnout of spectators stormed the Onikan Stadium to watch their games.
Although, Coach Amoo did not begin the season with Stores, eyeonthesports.com reports that Stores performed well in some games including the NNL Week 3 match against arch rivals, Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC of Ibadan.
The encounter, apart from living up to its pre-match hype, gave the fans something to cheer. Stores defeated the Oluyole Warriors by two nil. Goals from Raphael Onwrebe and Festus Ajah, who scored in each half gave the Adebajo Babes full match points in the highly entertaining encounter played at Onikan Stadium.
There were also some cheering moments for stores during the first half of the season with some ex-players of the club coming to watch their games.
Amongst the regular ex-Stores players coming for their games at Onikan Stadium are; Taiwo Oloyode, Colins Ebitimi aka ‘Barbed Wire’, Sunday Ilevbare, Golden Ajeboh, Wasiu Adetoro and the great goalkeeper, Peter Rufai, aka ‘Dodo Mayana’.
However, Coach Amoo has his hands full now that the last round of the NNL season is here. Stores will begin the stanza with a home match against Prime Football Club of Oshogbo at Onikan Stadium this weekend.
Amoo himself knows the enormous task of coaching the Adebajo Babes, and he explains his mission this time around; “We are working hard to ensure that Stores bounce back during the second term, we will do our best to make the team better”.
Meanwhile, 3SC, who were relegated to the NNL from the NPL last season, look good to bounce back to the elite cadre.
The Oluyole Warriors finished the first round of the NNL on top of Group B table with 26 points from 15 matches, having won eight matches, drawn two and lost five games.