Friday, 27 November 2015

SHARKS FC NEWS

 SHARKS FC NEWS

Odinga Odinga still reeling from Sharks' relegation shock
Published on Friday, 27 November 2015 14:54 
By Sam Nnaji
To the average Glo Premier League fan, Sharks FC simply represent the fourth relegated team on the final day of the 2014/2015 season, but to Odinga Odinga, the club's captain, there could not have been a worse nightmare for a club he has dutifully served for 15 seasons.
Victor Ezeji, Late Oremi Oruambo, Emeka Lucky, Late Junior Kalio, Kester Uweluyi, Lucky Thompson and Sunny Jackson are some of the players who Odinga lined up with in his early days at the Port Harcourt club and 15 seasons later, Ezeji who was coaxed out of retirement by Heartland is the only one with laced boots.
With the dust of the final day frenzy now settled and the stark reality that next season's football will be in the lower cadre, the skipper recounts to www.npfl.ng what he states was "not an easy season."
"I never believed it will happen (getting relegated)," said Odinga. "For like four days after the result I did not get myself. But some of my friends and family members came to talk to me and they tried to pick me up. They said I must accept it as the will of God and put it behind me. It was not easy but I had to put myself together and try to put everything behind me. I believe it is the will of God that this year Sharks must go down. The downfall of a man is not the end of his life".
"Actually we prepared very well before the Abia Warriors match, we believed we were going there to win and that our brothers (Dolphins) going to Ibadan will also win. So we felt that the battle will now be between Akwa United and Lobi Stars. We even arrived two days ahead of schedule to get ourselves ready to win the match. If you watched the match, you will see the result did not tell the true story because we played very well. It's just that the luck was against us," he said.
"What is more important first of all is to use this opportunity to appeal to our supporters and sponsors. They should have a place in their hearts to forgive us. From the start of the season we have been struggling. It was not an easy season for us".
Sharks made an abysmal start to the league season with only one win in their first 16 fixtures of the season. "Our problem was that we started the league away from home. Our games early in the season were poor," Odinga explained while pointing the way forward.
"What we have to do now is to look forward and work on ways to ensure the team comes back into the Premier League as soon as possible. We are going to have a meeting very soon and then decide on how to go about it. Sharks is a traditional team and we have been making waves even though we have not won any major trophy before. It is good for us to come back to the League immediately."
Despite having played this long for Sharks, Odinga says talk of retirement is a bit premature with his primary focus on helping Sharks restore their Premier League status, but also stressed that he will not hesitate when he feels the time is right to hang his boots.
"When the time comes, my body will tell me. Like I normally say, if my body cannot carry me I will step down. If you look at some players in Europe like Steven Gerard and John Terry, they are still playing despite the number of years they have played for their clubs. So when I get to the point where my body cannot carry me, nobody will need to tell me to stop. Right now, I have to keep giving my best for the good of the club," Odinga promised.
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