Gombe United must work hard to stay up, says Chigozie

Following their home draw with Enugu Rangers, the Savannah Scorpions forward urged his side to do their best to remain in the Nigerian topflight


Gombe United's Morris Chigozie has called on his mates to give their best to keep them in the Nigeria Professional Football League next season.

Manu Garba's men were forced to a 3-3 home draw by Enugu Rangers after surrendering a lead at the death despite coming from two goals down on Wednesday.

The forward blamed his side's failure to preserve their late lead on defensive lapses in the dying moments of the encounter but insists they will not sink.

"What happened against Enugu Rangers was a surprise to us," Chigozie told Goal.

"We expected that we would win the game to get out of our relegation position but just can't explain why this could not make it happen.

"We are indeed disappointed as a team and confused over the outcome of the match. 

"Because we fought hard to come back into the match but failed to defend our lead when it mattered the most.

"We are really not happy at all with the result. What I think really affected us was a goalkeeper's errors in the game''

"In the first half, they were leading 2-0 and in the second half we equalized and scored another goal in the dying minutes thinking we have won the game before we knew Rangers got a free-kick,'' he continued.

"I don't know what happened to our goalkeeper because the ball was what any keeper could have easily parry it out but surprisingly it went into the net.  

"The defender who committed the foul in the area was just uncalled for in such a dangerous area and our goalkeeper too failed to deal with the free kick.

"Everybody in the stadium believes the goalkeeper [Emmanuel Fabiyi] sold the match. It was just sad because we had the match in our hands.

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"We are going to take the result as a big lesson. We have to work hard to make sure we get points away from home. 

"We afford to go on relegation and for this reason, we have to fight in the second round to come out of the position we found ourselves now."

Gombe United are 17th in the league log with 23 points from 19 games.

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