Akwa eyes victory against Hawks in Gambia

Nigerian Premier League leaders Akwa United say they won’t be throwing in the towel insisting pulling off a victory in Gambia remains possible.

Akwa Utd endured a bitter pill to swallow when they lost 2-1 to Gambia’s Hawks last weekend.

Goals from Muhammed Jallow and Lamin Chatty condemned Akwa to their first humbling of the new campaign even though they halved the deficit via a victor’s consolation goal.

But the Air-Bird sponsored side’s captain Emmanuel Ariwachukwu is buoyed up that a win in the second-leg in Banjul is gettable.

‘Football is luck. We had this hard luck today. I believe in fate, we can still win the away match in Gambia,’ he said.

Banking up his player’s remarks, gaffer Abdu Maikaba said: ‘I treated them with respect. I know that they are a very good side, they play compact football, and they are always behind the ball.

‘They are a highly tactical side, and we have learnt a very big lesson. We have to be mentally strong to meet them in the return leg in the Gambia.’

Hawks are Gambia’s sole side to pick up a win on the continent after Armed Forces got punished 3-0 by Zambia’s Zanaco.

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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
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