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Philip Asuquo hails Yobe Stars untiring spirits

2:57 AM SGT 11/5/18
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The striker has showered encomiums on the untiring spirits of his teammates after a late win against the Olukoya Boys

Yobe Desert Stars’ Philip Asuquo has praised his team’s never-say-die disposition after they pipped MFM at home in a rescheduled league tie on Wednesday.

It was as if the match was headed for a goalless draw until Chinedu Ohanachom was fouled in the vital area in the dying moments of the match from where Asuquo converted the resultant spot-kick for his fifth goal of the season.

The striker affirmed that they were determined to return to winning ways after their winless run in the last three games and that they were fortunate that the Olukoya Boys committed an infringement that resulted into the goal.

“This was a determined effort by everyone in the team and we got the maximum points because of our unquenching appetite to get a home win,” Asuquo told Goal.

“We never stopped believing knowing that the goal could come at any moment in the match. MFM were very close but they thought they had the point in the bag and became too slow in their approach to the game towards the end of the encounter.

“It was Ohanachom that was fouled in the 18 yards box after one of MFM’s defenders mistakenly felled him in the box when he was goalbound. I was given the privilege of playing the penalty kick and was lucky to score.”

Asuquo, however, hailed MFM’s reliance on young players and he said he was amazed at what the rookie players displayed throughout the game.

“I have to praise the effort of MFM and their coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu who came to Damaturu with very young players,” he continued.

“They really won my heart with the way they played and that if not that late minute mistake, they could have walked away with a point. I want to admonish other teams in the premier league to do the same.

The home win lifted Yobe Desert Stars to 12th in the league table with 27 points from 20 games.