The Port Harcourt club side says its fans should keep faith with them as they are set to improve on their away formGeneral manager of Dolphins, Dumbor Awanen has pleaded with fans of the club not to give up on them yet in the face of their poor away run in the League.
Dolphins have only drawn two and lost all other away games this season but Awanen says the fans must continue to keep faith with them.
“I agree our away form is not what it used to be and you cannot keep complaining about referees any time you lose games on the road.
“We could have done better in Bauchi and most other places we have played on the road but unfortunately the results didn’t go our way for various reasons,” Awanen said.
“But we have fans who we believe should stick with us and stand by us no matter what results we are getting and I am using this medium to tell the fans that we as a club have apologized for our poor results
and we now want them to still come out and cheer us whenever we play,”Awanen said.
Dolphins have a big South South derby game in Port Harcourt on Saturday against Bayelsa United and Awanen says they need all the support they can get.
“In games involving Dolphins and Bayelsa United there is no home side but we can make the difference if we outnumber them at the stadium and out shout them too.
“That is why we call on all our fans in Port Harcourt to come and watch us. We cannot win the league or return to the continent if we do not win these games at home. We have already drawn twice at home this season and we do not want it to happen again.”
Meanwhile, two former league champions, Dolphins and Bayelsa United will clash on Saturday in a South South derby at the Liberation Stadium in Port-Harcourt.
Dolphins, winners in 2011 are home to Bayelsa United who won the League in 2008. The rivalry between both sides has never diminished and will be intense again on Saturday.
In 2002 when both sides campaigned in the old Division 2 of the league, Dolphins set a league goal scoring record when they beat Bayelsa United 8-0 in a league match in Port Harcourt. Bayelsa United’s coach was sacked on the pitch after they conceded the 7th goal.
In the top division in 2006, Bayelsa United drew 1-1 against Dolphins in the opening game of the season but lost 4-2 at their home in Yenagoa.
In 2007 Bayelsa again forced a draw in Port Harcourt and beat Dolphins at their home in Oghara.
The rivalry between both sides is so great because Bayelsa State was once a part of Rivers State and most of the home grown players at Bayelsa United as well as coaches and management are known as Port Harcourt boys as they still reside in Port Harcourt.
The game is the last match in the first round of the league and both sides need a result to consolidate their position on the table.