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Gombe United lost gallantly against Niger Tornadoes, says Garba

10:30 EAT 28/02/2017
Garba Manu
The Savannah Scorpions trainer has admitted his side deserve not to bow against Ikon Allah in Lokoja

Gombe United head coach Manu Garba says his side lost gallantly following a 1-0 defeat against  Niger Tornadoes at the Lokoja Confluence Stadium.

Ifeanyi Okoye’s strike in the three minutes condemned the Savannah Scorpions to their fifth defeat away from home this season.

The former Golden Eaglets coach bemoaned his forwards’ inability to convert their chances, but gave kudos to his side for their superb display in the second half.

“It was a good match but this was a match we were not supposed to have lost,” Garba told Goal .

“After conceding the goal, my boys took control of the match and we created a lot of scoring chances.

“I don't know the referee denied some obvious penalties. At least one or two could have come.

“Even if it was against my team, but as a referee he could have made the call.

“The only positive is that they were able to dominate the game in terms of possession and they woke up after we had spoken to them at the half time break.

“I was impressed with their performance in the second half. Well, this [attack] is one aspect that we have to beef up.

“Despite we created the chances the attack didn't live up to expectation and there was no striving. We lost the match but we lost it gallantly.”