We have 90 minutes to redeem ourselves_____ Coach Maikaba
After going down 1-2 to Hawks FC of Gambia in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round match in Uyo, Coach of Akwa United Abdu Maikaba has said that his team has resolved to bounce back in the second leg on Wednesday.
Coach Maikaba in a chat with the media department of the club described his present team as the most committed set of professionals he has worked with since he began his coaching career.
Despite losing the first leg at home, the tactician said his team will not be under any pressure when they go into the return leg of the match on Wednesday.
” I have been in football for many years and in all those years, I have worked with different sets of players under different managements. But there is something special about Akwa United. Everyone is fully committed and dedicated towards the success of the team at all times.”
” We were surprised with the result in Uyo, but, we know that no two matches are the same. The game will be decided after the second leg on Wednesday, so the tie is still alive and we have 90 minutes to decide our fate.”
” We all know the importance of this match, we have been well motivated and the fans back home have given us their support and they are also expecting something from us, so we have to reciprocate by redeeming ourselves and giving them what they deserved ,“ Maikaba hinted.
The Promise Keepers will have to better their opponent’s first leg result to stand any chance of making it to the next round.
NPFL table toppers have not lost an away tie in the CAF Confederation Cup tournament in their history. In 2016, they defeated Vita Club Mokanda in Congo before losing the second leg at home and were eventually knocked out on penalties.
Coach Maikaba has a strong squad to choose from and he will be expecting his boys to be at their best to ensure victory and qualification to the next round.
The match will kickoff at the Independence Stadium in Bakau at 6pm local time, 7pm Nigerian time.