Niger Tornadoes midfielder Chidiebere Ernest has rallied his teammates for a determined fightback in the upcoming second half of the NPFL season, acknowledging the team’s struggles but expressing strong belief in their potential for turnaround.
Currently placed 16th in the league table, the Ikon Allah Boys face an uphill battle to climb the ranks, footballrover reports.
However, Ernest remains optimistic, urging his fellow players to brace themselves for the challenge ahead.
“Yes, it has been a tough start for us,” Ernest admitted in a recent interview with Lodgexpress.
He added that:
“We know we haven’t performed up to our standards, but we’re determined to turn things around in the second half of the season.”
The 19-year-old midfielder pinpointed defensive frailties as a key area for improvement.
The stark contrast between goals conceded and scored paints a concerning picture, and Ernest emphasised the urgency to tighten up at the back to avoid relegation worries.
The midfielder further highlighted the need for sharper finishing, acknowledging that while scoring opportunities have been created, their conversion rate has fallen short.
Improving clinical efficiency in front of the goal, he believes, will be crucial to achieving their desired results.
With Katsina United currently six points ahead of their next opponents on February 14th, the upcoming match carries significant weight.
Ernest recognises the importance of this encounter, viewing it as a stepping stone towards their overall revival.