First half strikes from Jamiu Alimi and Junior Lokosa saw the Flying Antelopes lose 2-0 to Sai Masu Gida at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
“We actually slowed down at the beginning of the game and before we woke up in the second half, we were already two goals down and it was difficult coming back in the game,” Madu told Goal .
"The second half was much better. We didn’t concede any further goal and we played very well too. It was difficult playing against them especially at the beginning of the game but we stepped up in the second half.
“We must forget about this loss and we actually left Kano very early to ensure that we got to Enugu on time for preparations ahead of Wednesday's tie with MFM. We must face them with the spirits we showed in the second half in Kano.”
The defeat in Kano has seen the reigning league champions slide to 17th in the league table with 36 points from 29 games.