Former Flying Eagles coach, Godwin Koko Uwua, has explained the reason why Lobi Stars failed to win the Federation Cup at the expense of Heartland on Sunday in Lagos.
The coach who guided Lobi Stars to their only Federation Cup title in 2003 said Heartland coach Ndubuisi Nduka capitalized on the technical deficiency of the Makurdi team to retain the trophy for the Naze Millionaires.
According to Uwua, Lobi Stars would have won the game, especially after going ahead if they had a qualified coach in the saddle.
“First, let me congratulate Lobi Stars for getting as far as the final of the Federation Cup. It was an achievement worth commending. But as a Benue indigene, I’m not happy they lost the trophy.
"Had it been they have a qualified coach, they would have beaten Heartland especially after playing so well in the first half and taking the lead.
“The game changed in the second half because the Heartland coach applied his technical expertise but sadly the Lobi bench could not counter his tactics.
"At that point in the second half, you need a good coach who can read the game and make the neccessary adjustments and then still play the way they did in the first half.
"But they allowed Heartland to come into the game and scored their second goal late in the match. But the players did their best in the match”, Uwua added.
Heartland retained the Federation Cup trophy after beating Lobi Stars last Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.