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The Kogi United gaffer has displayed spirit of sportsmanship by accepting defeat to Stanley Eguma's NPFL side in a Federation Cup encounter in Benin

Kogi United head coach Abdullahi Biffo has told Goal that his team has no hard feelings following their exit from the Federation Cup, admitting they lost to a quality side in Dolphins.

The Nigeria National League crashed out of the tournament after a narrow 1-0 loss to the Nigeria Premier League side in a round of 32 match played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Friday.

"Well, it’s a painful result, but I’m delighted with the performance displayed by my players during the game. And you know football is either you lose, draw or win. If you look at our opponents, they are a good side.

"The little mistakes we made cost us the game. If you look at the game, the scores did not reflect what happened on the pitch. We have to take the defeat in good faith," Biffo told Goal.

Meanwhile, the former Giwa FC coach said his team's chances of making their first ever appearance in the elite division remains very bright.

"We are out of the Federation Cup now. We are going back home to focus on the league, so that we can pick one promotion ticket in the northern region. Our hopes for promotion is still very high.

"We need to ensure a win in our double home games in the next three matches. If we win in both games, our position will clearly show we are among contenders for the promotion spots," Biffo concluded.

Kogi United are placed sixth on the NNL Division A table.