Robinson Emuoma is the Team Manager of Godâ€™s Favour Football Club of Amuwo-Odofin.He speaks about club plan for new year and other issues with SUNDAY AKINTOYE.
Sir, your club did not win any trophy throughout last year, what went wrong?
The year 2010 was not too good for the club. I donâ€™t want to blame my players for the our average performance but to simplyÂ say we were unluckyÂ last year.
So, what are your expectations this year?
We are targeting two trophies this year. I want to put what we encountered last year behind me and look forward on how to achieve our programmes this year.
WhichÂ competitions do you believeÂ Godâ€™s Favour FC can win this year?
Our target is to win Boska Cup and Jesus Cup, and we also hope to win some high profile competitions.
You will be competing for Boska Cup as newcomers, donâ€™t you think it will be difficult for your team to win the tournament at the expenses of big clubs?
Let me be frank with you, we are coming to the competition with a strong determination to winÂ Â the cup.Â A lot of people may sayÂ doubt this but I am optimistic. I have a strong team that can shock the big clubs.
A lot of clubs have started preparing for the Lagos State Challenge Cup, what aboutÂ your team?
We have started preparing for the Lagos FA Cup. We have played tune up matches to keep the players fit. Very soon, we will go to Benin Republic forÂ training. We need to expose the players by engaging them in some friendlies in Benin Republic ahead of big competitions.
How would you feel if your team donâ€™t win trophies at the end of the year?
I will feel badÂ because I will see myself as a failure as theÂ their manager. But if at the end of the year, my players get offers from professional clubs in Nigeria and abroad, I will be glad.
How would you rate grassroots football in Lagos?
It has improved tremendously. I am happy that grassroots football clubs have begun to reach semi final and final of Lagos FA. Kudos should go to club managers and coaches who train these players.
Do you see any grassroots club win this year Lagos FA Cup?
A club like Bolowotan FC, Alexandra FC, Larry FC and Poshey have reachedÂ semi final and final in the past editions. So I will not be suprised if grassroots club wins this yearâ€™s FA Cup, provided the officiating is good.
Are you saying that bad officiating stop grassroots clubs from winning Lagos FA Cup?
I have watched some matches in the past where bad officiating denied some grassroots clubs from going far.Well, with the new executive in the Lagos FA, I think this year may be different.