Mbwas Mangut: Delta Force can't afford to joke around

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The newly appointed stop-gap gaffer has promised to lift the top-flight team and keep their elite division place intact by season's end

Newly appointed interim manager of Delta Force, Mbwas Mangut has promised to offer his best to ensure that the club remains in the Nigeria Professional Football League beyond the end of the season.

Mangut who until his new designation was an assistant to former coach, Emmanuel Deutsch was thrown into the fray after Deutsch resigned from his position to re-join Abia Warriors.

The ex-Heartland and Wikki Tourists handler, while reacting to his appointment as the acting head coach, says he hopes to continue from where his former boss stopped and that he is assuring the fans and management of the club that there won’t be any vacuum in their quest to record more inspiring results in the remaining matches of the season.

He said his experience as a former player of repute and as a coach would help him and his other assistants achieve the team’s primary target in the rest of the season.

“It is a thing of joy to be saddled with this responsibility of taking charge of Delta Force in whatever capacity that I have been entrusted and I want to assure the club that I won’t disappoint them,” Mangut told Goal.

“I will do my best to ensure that Delta Force remains among the eight teams that will play on the Premier League next season from Group B. I will work in tandem with my other assistant coaches and I know that our combination will lead Delta Force to the desired height.

“It is a big task and we shall use all we have to ensure that we help the team. The government has been doing a lot to help the team and we do not want to disappoint the desire of the Governor (Ifeanyi Okowa) to ensure that the state also has a club in the Premier League.

The coach pointed out that his immediate target is to ensure that they grab at least a point when they face FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi on Sunday.

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“We have an important game against FC IfeanyiUbah on Sunday and it is our desire to go to Nnewi and shock them,” he added.

“We know that there are only a few matches remaining and with the fact that four teams will be going down, we can’t afford to joke with any game. FC IfeanyiUbah are a tough team and they will be playing in front of their fans but they will meet us very prepared.”

Delta Force are in the seventh spot in the NPFL Group B table with 23 points from 16 games but they are only four points adrift of top-flight safety with only six matches to the end of the season.   

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