ABS FC have vowed they will keep fighting to escape relegation from the NPFL despite their rather precarious position on the table with four matches to the end of the season.
ABS, the pet club of Nigeria’s senate President Bukola Saraki, are third from bottom of the table with 43 points from 34 matches.
A 3-0 loss at Enyimba at the weekend sucked them deeper into the relegation quagmire on their return to the top league after a long absence.
Ikechukwu Ibenegbu was Enyimba hero on the night as he provided the assists that fetched Enyimba their first two goals.
Ibenegbu, popularly called ‘Mosquito’ by his admirers, delivered two tailor-made free-kicks, which were headed home by Stanley Dimgba in the 16th minute and Eric Frimpong in the 45th minute, respectively.
Ibrahim Mustapha poked home the third goal in the second period, profiting from a slack marking with ABS defenders thinking he had been played off side.
“The fight is still on. We will keep fighting till the last game,” declared ABS FC coach Henry Makinwa.
He admitted they lost to a better and hungrier team.
“We lost to a better side”, Makinwa told SCORENigeria.
“They were much hungrier, right from the off, they attacked and never looked back.
“They deserved their win and I congratulate them”.
The two sides will renew their hostilities tomorrow in Ilorin having been paired in a Federation Cup Round of 64 fixture.
By Sab Osuji