ankole States that Remo Coaches and Players are Devastated by Recent Events

Kayode Bankole, the goalkeeper for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) outfit Remo Stars, has been left in a state of distress after his team’s unexpected elimination from the CAF Champions League during the initial preliminary round of the competition this past Sunday, as reported by The PUNCH.

Despite holding the advantageous position of playing the return leg on their home turf, Remo Stars, who secured a second-place finish in the NPFL during the previous season, were unable to capitalize on their home advantage. Their journey was cut short by Ghana’s Medeama Sports Club.

The squad based in Ikenne suffered a defeat in a penalty shootout against the champions of the Ghana Premier League. Daniel Ogunmodede’s side struggled to find the net, even hitting the post and failing to convert several key opportunities. It was only in the second half that they managed to break through, bringing the score to 1-0 and a 1-1 aggregate tie.

A momentary surge of excitement filled the Remo camp as they believed they had secured a stoppage-time victory, only to have the goal disallowed due to an offside ruling.

When the full 90 minutes concluded, the game progressed directly to a penalty shootout. In this tense phase, Medeama’s goalkeeper, Felix Kyei, emerged as a hero by thwarting three consecutive penalty attempts from Remo’s Olamilekan Adebayo, Okon Aniekeme, and Samuel Anaekwe. This remarkable effort led to a 3-2 defeat for Remo Stars.

Kayode Bankole expressed his disappointment to The PUNCH, sharing the team’s collective sense of letdown for not advancing to the next stage of the competition. He conveyed, “The aftermath of the game was truly disheartening, evident from the somber expressions on everyone’s faces. There was a considerable level of anticipation, given that we were on the brink of making history as the first Ogun State-based club to participate in the Champions League. Regrettably, it wasn’t meant to be.”

He continued, “While I comprehend the unpredictability of football, the disappointment lingers as we exerted our utmost effort. Regrettably, it fell short, and the team is grappling with this sadness.”

Bankole acknowledged the optimism after their away defeat, believing they could turn the tide at home. However, the uncertainty inherent in penalty shootouts dashed their hopes. Reflecting on the outcome, he noted, “Penalties are an unpredictable facet of the game. The coach and players share the sentiment of disappointment, and the aftermath was marked by an eerie silence in the locker room.”

The goalkeeper also voiced concerns about the disallowed late goal, remarking, “The referee’s decision added to our frustrations. Our second goal was negated due to an offside call. Despite reviewing the footage repeatedly, I couldn’t discern the offside, and I’m uncertain about their reasoning. Despite our attempts to focus beyond the officiating, we feel we weren’t treated fairly.”

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