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Ogunmodede takes the blame for Remo missing out on the NPFL title

Ogunmodede takes the blame for Remo missing out on the NPFL title

Ogunmodede takes the blame for Remo missing out on the NPFL title

Remo Stars coach Daniel Ogunmodede has taken responsibility for his side’s inability to win the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier League title after the Ikenne side finished five points behind winners Enugu Rangers in the just concluded season, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The young tactician said the team’s target was to win the title, but the Sky Blue Stars failed to achieve the feat for the second consecutive time, finishing second on both occasions.

They ended the season on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Katsina United but it only earned them the CAF Confederation Cup as Enugu Rangers had won the league with a game to go.

In 38 games, Ogunmodede’s side won 20 games (one less than Rangers), drew five (two less than Rangers) and lost 13 (three more than Rangers) to finish with 65 points.

“For my personal target, I call it a failure for me because the target at the start of the season was clear – it had to be a step ahead of where we were last season. We were second last season and we wanted to be first this season but unfortunately we slipped and finished second,” Ogunmodede said via the club’s X account.

Despite their slip-up, Ogunmodede was full of praise for his players, noting that they will continue to strive to be better as they hope to reach the group stage of CAF’s inter-club competition for the first time.

“Last season (2022/23) was a shortened league and this (2023/24) was a marathon, so it’s different lessons from different formats. We just have to accept our fate. I accept the responsibility as a coach and that’s why I congratulated the players.

“We want to be better, always; that’s what we want to do,” the coach added.

Remo Stars have previously qualified twice for the CAF Confederation Cup and the CAF Champions League, failing to reach the group stage of the competitions on both occasions.