Ahead of the start of the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League season, Chairman of Nasarawa United Isaac Danladi says they shouldn’t be judged by their form in the Super 4 pre-season tournament and in the first game of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Solid Miners have had an indifferent start to the year, and they struggled to beat Generation Foot of Senegal 2-1 in their preliminary round, first leg CAF Confederation Cup game in Abuja. They also finished third in the Super 4 pre-season tournament, but Danladi says those can’t be the yardstick for judging how they will fare this season.
“The Super 4 pre-season tournament may not be the most ideal parameter for judging whether teams will do well or not,” he told fcnaija.com.
“The Super 4 was just organized as preparation for the four teams that will represent Nigeria on the continent but again if you look at last season, the Super 4 wasn’t as good as this year’s and Warri Wolves, who didn’t do too well there, did well in the league.
“The Super 4 just just created an opportunity for the teams to assess their strengths and weaknesses and to see how best they can make amends.
“It was a similar case last season, we didn’t do too well in our pre-season games and we even lost to Lobi Stars 4-0 but at the end of it all, we came third and Lobi was almost relegated.
“So it may not be the best form of judging us and moreover, because the league is starting late, that may or may not affect the teams on the continent,” he stated.
Nasarawa begin their league campaign against newly promoted MFM at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, with renovation work still ongoing at their home ground, the Lafia Township Stadium