The Flying Antelopes tactician says his side’s struggles in the Nigerian topflight could be attributed to their opponents’ extra efforts to beat them
The Flying Antelopes kicked off their title defence in January with a 2-1 defeat to Abia Warriors, but the tactician says they must ensure they up their game to achieve much more at the end of the league season.
“Last season Rangers were not champions, but now, every team that wants to play us would double their efforts and Rangers also haven’t doubled their efforts in terms of production. So it is coming back to us that we have to achieve much more in giving much more,” Amapakabo told Goal.
“I’m glad that we are playing well, the team is okay, we are creating chances but the conversion part is what we really have to work on.”
He added that his side’s 1-0 defeat has shown them that they still have a lot of work to do most especially as they are playing their Caf Champions League qualifiers against JS Saoura this weekend in Algeria.
“It’s a lesson, in the sense that we can lose away, it’s a lesson in the sense that we know we have to fight much more this season,” he continued.
“The hassles around the team gave us the realization that we actually need to push ourselves and expect a whole lot in terms of other things off the pitch, and I think this our lesson we are taking it to the continent.
“Not at all, those issues are separate issues from whatever it is that is happening to us on the field of play.
“I have never been under any kind of pressure, the only kind of pressure I think I am under at any point in time is the pressure I put myself.”