Akwa United lived up to their name, the Promise Keepers, as they defeated Nasarawa United 2-0 in Week 31of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash Friday night at the Nest of Champions Stadium in Uyo.
Two goals from Aniekpeno Udoh and Yusuf Adio in the 36th and 71th minutes were all Akwa United needed to seal victory in their home tie against the Solid Miners.
Prior to the match in Uyo, the team had promised their fans victory against the hard fighting Nasarawa United side, but eventually consolidated the three points, thereby enhanced their chances of escaping relegation in the league.
Speaking at the post-match interview, Akawa United coach, Zachary Baraje expressed great delight with the result, but went on to say Akwa United won’t go on relegation at the end of the season.
“This game was a great relief for me because as a matter of fact, I can’t shy away from the fact I have been under pressure from some quarter, so this victory will give me some reprieve. We have gotten some respite; the salaries have just been paid. The most important thing at the moment is to make sure we don’t go on relegation, and also win the Federation Cup”, said excited Baraje.
In his own reaction, Nasarawa United coach, Kabiru Dogo felt disappointed with the outcome of the game, but took the result in good fate. “We thank God, but we also have to commend our opponents, because it is not easy. The floodlight affected us in the first half because it was not what we planned for, in the second half we had a good game, but it’s unfortunate we lost. Playing under the floodlight is really a big step for the league; we really want more of this. I don’t believe it is over, our continental ambition is still very intact, we still have hope, seven matches to go, and anything can happen. It is not over until it is finally over”, said Dogo.
Source: Shara Reporters