Gbenga Ogunbote, the F. A Cup winning coach of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu has described his team like a barren woman searching for the fruit of the womb when they were three goals down to Kano Pillars..
According to him, he never expected the dismal performance of his team in the first half of the AITE0 Cup final when Kano Pillars were very dominant and demolishing his players with two unreplied goals at the end of first 45 minutes.
He had to tell the players during the interval in the dressing room that they have the potentials to come back into the game and win, stressing that he did not reckon that Pillars have the resources on the pitch that can defeat Rangers if his players rise to the occassion and play to their ability in the second half.
Unfortunately, it went more ugly for Rangers when Pillars hit them with the third goal in the 48th minute and it was then it dawned on him that the situation can be likened to a barren woman believing God for the fruit of the womb.
“I was shocked with the performance of my team losing to Pillars two nil in the first half and even when I told them in the dressing room that if there is a team that can beat them with the great form they have displayed during this year’s F.A. competition, that team should not be Kano Pillars.” Ogunbote said.
“I told the players that they can equalise in the second half and go ahead to win the game.I told them that they should be focused, but when Pillars scored the third goal early at the resumption, i just felt that Rangers has turned to a barren woman.
“You know as a barren woman looking for the fruit of the womb, just a child from God will make her baby. That was the situation I found myself with Rangers. I just wanted my players to score a goal like a barren woman silently praying for a child of any sex to be called a mother.
“I continued to instruct them from the sideline to push for the goal and it came. Fortunately, the players pushed further for more goals and they eventually equalised and won the game at the penalty shootouts,” he said.