Kano Pillars striker Junior Lokosa is still in shock over his side’s dramatic Aiteo Cup final defeat to Rangers International at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Sportinglife.ng reports.
It was a game believed to have been won and lost after Sai Masu Gida scored its third goal of the night through Nyima Nwagua before the Flying Antelopes remarkably came back from three goals down to draw 3-3, and stretched the game to penalties before winning it 4-2.
Rabiu Ali and Alassan Ibrahim had given Pillars a 2-0 lead in the first half before Kelvin Itoya, Chidera Ezeh and Ajani Ibrahim cancelled the three goals.
Sportinglife.ng reports that a visibly angry Lokosa could not hold back his feelings after the game and blamed players for the outcome of the game.
Lokosa, who was observed soliloquizing after the match, said: “Football requires courage and determination. So where is our determination and courage tonight.”
He added: “We gave everything to the game and we did everything required from us as strikers upfront; scoring goals but it was very unfortunate that we could not play together as fighters and allowed goals to be scored in that manner.
“Haa! What am I going to tell people of Kano State and our fans? How can I explain to them that we were leading 3-0 and we eventually lost the game? This is not a good story to tell and we should have put in more effort to win.”