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  • Updated: October 23, 2023

Derby Win Over Sporting Lagos Crucial For Remo Stars — Ogunmodede

Derby Win Over Sporting Lagos Crucial For Remo Stars — Ogu

Remo Stars boss Daniel Ogunmodede says his side's derby win over Sporting Lagos is crucial to their Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) campaign.

The Sky Blue Stars condemned Sporting Lagos to a 2-1 defeat on Sunday evening in Ikenne, Ogun State.

Sporting took the lead after 21 minutes when Jonathan Alukwu converted with aplomb to send the pocket of away fans into delirium.

But the celebrations of the visiting fans were short-lived nine minutes later when Franck Mawuena directed home a cross from Sodiq Ismail to draw Remo level before the interval.

Sikiru Alimi then made it 2-1 from the spot three minutes into the second half after the opponent handled the ball in the box. 

The goal turned the tie fully on its head but the hosts held their nerves to close out the match and condemn the visitors to the first defeat of the season.

Speaking after the derby win, Ogunmodede said: "We know the consequence of winning the match.

"We needed the three points like our lives relied on it. If we didn't get the three points, what we got in Bayelsa would have been wasted energy.

"So I told the boys during the interval that if we missed the opportunity to win we wouldn't get it again. And most importantly, we played against a team just coming from NNL, the second division, and we needed to show superiority. 

"The league is quite different from any other competition. So we played to show them that we've been there before them; we are on top of our game and that we are the best."

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