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Eguma laments absence of key players

Dolphins head coach, Stanley Eguma, has praised his depleted side for beating Kaduna United 2-0, while lamenting the absence of five players on national assignment.

The quartet of Chidi Osuchukwu, Abduljeleel Ajagun, Chizoba Amaefule and Emem Eduok are away with the Flying Eagles, while Isiaka Olawale is in camp with the Beach Eagles.

Eguma told supersport.com that the absence of these players affected his side’s performance, and that he was not happy that so many players were called up at once.

"It was a good game even though I expected a better performance from my team," he said.

"We played without most of our key players and it really affected our performance. However, I commend the effort of those who played and got us this victory.

"I am not happy that so many of my players have been called up for national assignment because it has left us seriously depleted.

"We have so many clubs in the league, and there are lots of youth competitions where talents can be spotted, so why should Dolphins supply up to five players at a time when the league is in progress?

"The national teams involved are preparing for major tournaments, so the players would be away for a long time.

"I'm aware it is an acknowledgement of the talent we have, but the team is now paying the price."

The absence of the players was glaring as Dolphins lacked cutting edge for most of the opening half against Kaduna United in their NPFL Week 12 clash at the Liberation Stadium.

However, they did get their breakthrough in the 42nd minute when Fred Okwara fired home from close range after Raymond Katung punched a cross into his path.

Derek Amadi sealed the outcome ten minutes into the second period with a powerful header off Omo Ojabu's cross from the left flank.


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