A furious Sporting Lagos coach, Paul Offor has lashed out at the club fans, saying the league is not ready for growth if fans turn against players and coaches when results don’t go their way.
The players and coaches of Sporting Lagos reportedly came under fire from angry fans after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Heartland FC on Matchday 9 of the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League season in Lagos.
A disappointed Offor noted that the league has been clamouring for change where teams can go away and pick points adding that fans should also anticipate when results don’t go their way at home.
He said: “We are not happy about the result but one thing I know is nobody wants to win this game more than the players. I appreciate their efforts. We have to keep our heads high and get ready for the next game against Sunshine Stars.
“We are clamouring for a league where teams can go away and pick points and when teams come to your home and pick points. We want to create a free and fair league where anybody can pick points. They came here and picked a point, we too should be ready to go away and pick points. That is the league we are clamouring for but unfortunately, it seems we are not ready.
“We want this league to be competitive. It happened here today, tomorrow it can be against Remo or Akwa. Today it’s against Sporting Lagos. The fans should appreciate the players and what the league is trying to do, we are not ready for growth if the fans turn against the players and coaches when the result is not going in your favour.”
Heartland came close to getting their first victory of the season but a last-gasp goal from former player of the side, Jonathan Alukwu denied them that golden opportunity after they had led via an own goal in the 76th minute.