Calabar Rovers FC coach, Bob Osim believes keeping his best legs has been a major challenge as the Cross River darling team mauled their opponents, Ekiti United 3-0 in a reverse fixture in Calabar having lost 0-1 away tie.
In an exclusive interview with TNN, Osim said his team would build on the victory to ensure a promotion playoff into the elite division of Nigerian football.
"Keeping our best players has been our challenge but we hope to do everything possible to keep them in order to grind out results"
The team manager, Jimmy Okotu, heaped praises on his boys whom he said poor officiating denied them victory in Ekiti last week.
"We outplayed them last week in their back yard as we lost to poor officiating"
Two goals hero, Jonathan Aluko who had a brace with Benedict Okotu, putting the icing on the cake with a solo effort just before the break, believes the team was poised to pick all maximum points at home while seeking draws or a win away.
The Ayade boys, as they are fondly called, sit in the second spot on the Nigerian National League, with six points after five games on the belt.
Captain of Ekiti United, Ikechukwu Alonge praised the level of officiating. “With this, Nigerian football is growing because the officiating was fair to all. We couldn't get our acts right in the tactical formation "
Similarly, Pelican Stars Coach, Sanusi Olaleke praised Rovers players for converting half chances early in the game as he also hinted that the female team was hungry to push for laurels in the AITEO FA Cup whose draws were yet to be announced.
"I am happy for Rovers because they killed the game off in the first half. It is always better to convert half chances to ease pressure"
Having won two of their home matches, the team hopes for a good result in their next fixture against Gateway FC in Abeokuta, Ogun State.