Life is tough without playing football – Dakkada defender Somiari Alalibo

Dakkada FC center-back Somiari Alalibo says life has been tough without playing football on a regular basis due to the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic.

Alalibo in an exclusive chat with The Athletic NG correspondent, Godwin Antai, the defender lamented how hard it has been for him without playing football, which is what he loves doing.

“I miss football so much and I’m trying to adjust to life without it,” he

Somiari Alalibo is playing for NPFL debutants, Dakkada FC
Dakkada FC are playing in their debut season in the NPFL (Photo Credit: NPFL)

Alalibo has been a mainstay, leading the defence of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) debutant, Dakkada, who are currently 8th on the league table. He also said the break is very helpful with players having time to recover from the heavy fixtures.

“I think the break is very helpful for us because fatigue started setting in. This will be our longest break since we got promoted into the NPFL.”

The lanky defender has been training on his own to keep fit despite the lockdown affecting the team’s training facilities at the Godswill Akpabio Internationa Stadium.

“I am still training at home, playing five-aside in my street with the boys and they are always very happy with the opportunity to play football with an NPFL player.”

Alalibo further said he and his teammates hope to come back stronger when the league finally resumes.

“We hope to finish the season stronger and also avoid the drop come the end of the season. My personal target is progression. I want to progress and be a better player. I thank Dakkada FC for giving me this opportunity to play in the league,” he said.

Somiari Alalibo also thanked the fans for the support they have been giving him and urged them to stay safe, adding that “COVID-19 will soon be gone and football will resume.”

He urged the supporters to obey health guidelines given by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other experts in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the suspension of the league, Dakkada FC is 8th on the table, after playing 26 matches, amassing a total of 34 points.



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