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Coach Hamza Abara refuses to boast despite turning around Niger Tornadoes' fortune

21:11 SAST 2018/03/22
Federation Cup 2017 Final - Akwa United vs Niger Tornadoes
The Ikon Allah Boys extended their unbeaten run in the Nigerian top-flight after a draw in Kano and the gaffer is unmoved by his achievement

Niger Tornadoes coach Hamza Abara insists he is not yet accomplished after he led his side to a 1-1 draw against Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

Abara, who took over from erstwhile gaffer Erasmus Onuh in February 2018, steered the Ikon Allah Boys to four matches unbeaten, having picked nine points from possible 12 in 10th spot.

And Andrew Ikefe's 20th-minute first-half strike helped them picked their second away draw this season after Junior Lokosa's second-half leveler for the Sai Masu Gida.

Having pulled a surprise draw in Kano, the tactician feels they were unlucky not to ground out a win against Ibrahim Musa's men but expresses satisfaction with the outcome.

"My mission is not yet accomplished. We are still a team in progress," Abara told Goal.

"Kano Pillars are a very good side and they really gave us a good fight to stop us from winning the match.

"I don't think they [Pillars] underrated us but we proved to them that we are no pushover with how we took on them.

"We planned to win with the strategy we came with but we met something else in the way Kano Pillars approached the game.

"All the same, we got a fair result and the draw was something we bargained for.  Kudos to the two teams for the good performances."

Moving forward, Abara is hoping they continue with their impressive run when they face rejuvenated Sunshine Stars at the Bako Kontagora Stadium on Sunday.

"For now, I have chosen to remain silent about the progress of Niger Tornadoes because I am just starting and want my performance to speak for me.

"I will be expecting a lot more from my players in our next game against Sunshine Stars and our focus will be to win at home."