The Coach of Delta Force F.C, Tosan Blankson has called on his players not to lose faith in their quest of being promoted into the Nigeria Professional Football League next season.
He made the call after his side was held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at home by visiting Bayelsa United in their Nigeria National League encounter at the Austin Jay-Jay Okocha Stadium, Ogwashi-Uku.
Speaking after the game, the coach expressed his disappointment, but urged his players not to dwell on the result but focus on their next game in Lagos.
“The game has come and gone, I want to beg everybody, we should not lose faith, we can go to Lagos and win, we are down but not out,” he said.
In a game that was full of controversy, Delta Force was denied a blatant penalty in the first half after Ufuoma was brought down in the penalty box, but the referee was not interested in their appeal, which made the atmosphere in the Stadium a little tensed.
Three minutes later, Bayelsa United were also denied a penalty, after their striker appeared to have been brought down by the Delta Force goalkeeper, but the referee waved play on.
Also, eighteen minutes into the second half, the home team had another penalty appeal, which was awarded this time.
Maurice James took the penalty and calmly slotted the ball into the net to send the Bayelsa United keeper the wrong way for the opener.
The home team’s lead lasted only six minutes, as the boys from Bayelsa stunned the Delta Ambassadors and restored parity in the 70th minute, after a neat display of skills from Kuyak, who beat two Delta Force defenders before firing a fierce shot into the net for the equaliser.
Delta Force responded with series of attack on the Bayelsa United goal, and came very close to restoring their lead, after Maurice James was put through on goal, but the striker was denied brilliantly by the Bayelsa United goalkeeper.