Coach Imama Amapakabo has admitted that his absence from El Kanemi due to his participation in the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco adversely affected their performance in the opening seven matches of the season.
The Borno Army are without a win in their last five games and were held to consecutive draws in their last two home games but the former Enugu Rangers boss told his players to forget about the past and think only about their tie with Go Round which holds on Sunday in Maiduguri.
“As the head, I have to take responsibility for the results we have posted since the season began and I must admit that they have not been encouraging at all. I am back to help the team now and I must thank the technical crew and the players who have been holding forte in my absence,” Amapakabo told Goal.
“I take responsibilities for the results and I have told the players that they must be very hard working as from now to ensure that El Kanemi leave the position they are currently.
“It was the reason why I tried as much as possible to make myself available for the away game with Rangers in Enugu. It wasn’t for any vindictive intent. I just wanted to prepare my team to get a good result.
“I have seen from what the boys displayed that they are eager to learn and that if not for a momentary loss of concentration, we would have picked at least a draw in Enugu. We will pick up from there and see what comes of the game with Go Round.
“I have told them to bother their minds on the game with Go Round alone as the tie with Rangers have been confined to the archives."