Apa United coach, Tunde Sani has said he is the happiest man on earth at the moment despite his wards’ defeat in the hands of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, El Kanemi Warriors in the Federation Cup round of 64 matches at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium (ATBS), Bauchi on Wednesday.
The expelled Nigeria National League (NNL) side were beaten 0-1 by the Maiduguri-based side to book passage into the round of 32 games.
Sani said even in defeat he is happier than the winning side as his wards gave their best performance in the season in the encounter to the wide acclaim of fans who watched the thrilling clash in Bauchi.
“The outcome didn’t truly reflect the standard or quality exhibited by both sides. My players gave me the best game in the season and the fans stood still to applaud their wonderful performance.
“I must tell you that I’m 100% satisfied with the performance of my wards as well as the outcome of the match.
“Of course, we lost 0-1 to El Kanemi Warriors but we’re not disgraced. El Kanemi Warriors even in victory will admit they played men and the victory could’ve gone either side.
“It’s the end of the road for the team as far as this year’s Federation Cup competition is concerned as well as the league season.
“After we’re expelled from the league we fervently hope that the Federation Cup will offer us succour but it wasn’t to be but we took solace in the fact that we gave it our very best till the end,” said the former Kwara United coach to supersport.com.
Sani said he will head home back to Kwara to work out another opportunity for himself as the players head back to their various homes.
“There is nothing for us in the season, I know they players will disperse to their various homes hoping to get another club to lace their boot. I’ll also head home to work out something positive for myself,” he said.
The Otukpor-based side were thrown out from the Nigeria National League (NNL) after they ran foul of the rules governing the league.