By Promise Etim
Akwa United Coach Kennedy Boboye says he is confident the Uyo based side will put up a good challenge for the league title even after his side’s barren draw at home to Rangers International of Enugu. The fixture was the last for Matchday 22 and was played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Monday.
The Promise Keepers went into the fixture in second spot, a point behind Kano Pillars, who earned a 1-1 draw away at Katsina United Sunday.
The former Plateau United handler feels his team did not do enough to overcome a difficult opposition in Rangers, but expressed optimism that the result will not deter their desire to push for their first league title.
“Rangers fought hard. We were just unlucky to drop two points at home. They came with a definite game plan, deploying a 4-3-3- formation, while we resorted for a 4-4-2 and it worked for them.
“We have to put this behind and concentrate on the next game against Abia Warriors on Thursday. This will be quite significant for us knowing his competitive the top of the table is. We will push and up the momentum going forward, knowing we are heading into the business end of the season”, Boboye told www.npfl.ng.
Monday’s draw was Akwa United’s first in eight attempts at home, having won seven consecutive home games at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium prior to the fixture.
Boboye kept faith with ten players from the side the dubbed Dakkada FC 2-0 in the previous MatchDay, with Olisa Nda returning to the starting line up, after serving a one game ban. The Promise Keepers had themselves to blame for failing to notch a win in key moments that presented itself in the fixture.
Rangers were without the duo of Godspower Aniefiok and Israel Abia, who both are responsible for 50% of the goals they have scored in the current campaign. Dazzling winger Ibrahim Olawole continued his recovery process with another stunning performance for the Flying Antelopes.
Both sides had opportunities late in the game to amass all three points, but settled for a share of the spoils. Substitute Kelvin Itoya wasted a freekick at the edge of the penalty area on 80 minutes, while Olisa Nda could not seal the game for the home side in a similar position deep into stoppage time.
The result took Akwa United to the top of the log, level on points with Kano Pillars on 41 but it’s Akwa United that enjoys superior goals advantage. Rangers maintain their position on the log (6th). Boboye’s men face a tricky tie away at Abia Warriors on Thursday, while the Salisu’s men await the visit of Jigawa Golden Stars, same day.
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