By Tony Nwanne
Ifeanyiubah coach Yaw Preko is worried about the fixture pile-up in the Premier League, saying it is affecting the players.
Premier League sides have played four matches in 10 days and Preko says the strains and physical demands are too much for the players to cope with.
“(On Wednesday), we did not really settle early on and it was the same for Rivers United and this was because both sets of players were fatigued,” the former Ghana international was quoted by AfricanFootball.com as saying on Thursday.
“Even though they (Rivers United) got a point, it was clear they did not play to their usual standard because of fatigue.”
IfeanyiUbah will represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup with Rivers United playing in the CAF Champions League.
Preko says the scheduling of domestic games may negatively affect both sides in their continental tournaments.
He said, “It is very hectic travelling (by road) for over 10 hours and I’m talking from the point of view of a former footballer.
“Nigeria is very big; it is very different when compared to other countries.
“In Ghana for instance, when you travel (by road) for five or six hours, you would have (covered a lot of ground).
“Every coach wants to parade his best so it is very difficult to rest players.”