CAFCC: Akwa United In Gambia To Spring Surprise Against Hawks – Okechukwu
Akwa United forward Gabriel Okechukwo has said the Promise Keepers are in Banjul to confirm their place in the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup (CAFCC) as they face Banjul Hawks in the second leg of the preliminary round on Wednesday night at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The 2017 Gambia Football Federation (GFF) Cup winners surprised Akwa United in Uyo last week with a 2-1 win courtesy first half goals from Muhammed Jallow and Lamin Charty whiles Victor Mbaoma got Akwa’s consolation late on to setup a mouth-watering second leg.
Okechukwu, one of the brightest stars of the Nigerian team at the Total African Nations Championship Morocco 2018 told CAFOnline.com moments upon arrival in the Gambian capital that they are poised to overturn the result.
“We’re here to get our points and qualify to the next stage of the Total CAF Confederation Cup. As a footballer, when you lose you have to fight back and move to the next level and we are ready to do that and qualify on Wednesday,” the 22-year old said.
Akwa nicknamed “Promise Keepers” come into the second leg on the back of a 1-0 defeat against MFM in the Nigerian league which is their first domestic set back but Coach Abdul Maikaba is optimistic of a positive result against Hawks.
“The ability of a team to reverse a situation is what matters and we’re doing everything possible to make sure that we reserve the tie and come back to our good form. I’m so confident that we can overturn the first leg result, a result that we got because we couldn’t convert our chances.
“If my players would keep calm, I believe we will create the same chances here in Banjul and if we’re able to convert the chances we will end up winners and winners means winning well because that is the only thing that push us through,” Maikaba said.
Hawks sits mid table in the 12-team GFF first division after a poor start to the season. Despite the 2-1 advantage, coach Ansu Fatty says the tie is not over. “We need to play even better in the second leg because Akwa United is a very good team, but we’re confident playing them at home,” Fatty noted.