NNL Super 8: We have no regrets over failure to qualify for NPFL. -Real Stars coach.


Nigeria National League side Real Star’s dream of qualifying for the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League season came to an end Wednesday morning in Aba, Abia’s state commercial city as they fell 2 – 1 to Kogi United in their final match of the Bet9ja sponsored promotional playoffs.

Head coach of the team Yinka Salefu has revealed that although he is not satisfied with the results and their failure to gain promotion to the elite league, he has no regret whatsoever over the season they had coming into the playoffs. “We have a very young team so we are growing, we came here for an adventure and I can tell you we met some of our objectives, so now we go back home and build on what we have achieved so far.”

Despite some inadequacies encountered during the playoffs, Salefu insists that for the on field activities and officiating, the tournament was flawless. “The tournament was top grade. Majorly for the team that have been promoted as it will help them when the NPFL starts. The officiating was superb and I don’t have any cause to complain.”

With the NPFL qualification totally out of their reach, the coach has promised to keep the players together with the hope of making it to the elite league in two years time. “We hope to keep the boys together but I know it won’t be easy. We want to play in the premier league at least in the next two years and that’s our aim.”

Real Stars and Kogi United both got relegated in the Northern Conference of the NNL Super 8 playoffs while Kada City and Gombe United will be playing in the top flight scheduled to resume on the 13th of January across all regions.

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