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2023/2024 NPFL Match Day 26: Akwa United Coach boasts of winning more matches

Posted : 18 March 2024

The coach of Akwa United, Umar Abdullahi, has vowed to avoid losing away matches in the team’s effort to avert relegation in the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).

The team, in their Match Day 26 fixture of the NPFL played at the Pantami Township Stadium in Gombe on Sunday, secured a 1-1 draw, worsening the relegation fears of the home team, Gombe United.

The hosts currently occupy the 20th position on the NPFL log.

In the post-match interview, Abdullahi said that his team’s inability to pick away points had affected their position on the log, placing them in the relegation zone.

He said upon realizing the danger that losing away matches posed to his team, they worked hard to avoid it.

According to him, the draw against Gombe United is a stepping stone that his team will build on to strengthen their efforts at finishing in a good position.

“I told the media that losing at home has stopped.

“We don’t have to continue losing points at home, but what we need to do is keep picking points on the road, and it has started from this match.

“I say congratulations to us because ever since we started, we have been struggling on the road; we hardly pick up a point.

“This is one of the stepping stones, by not losing away from home again.

“We know that the team is in danger and the only way we can avert the danger is by earning points.

“We came for the maximum three points, but we got one point, and we thank God,” he said.

On how his team beat Gombe United at home, Abdullahi said though both teams needed the three points to avoid relegation, his team won because they were more determined.

Regarding their next match, Abdullahi said the management and coaching crew of Plateau United should expect a shock, as his team was now motivated to pick up points away.

On the other hand, Chief Coach of Gombe United, Alhaji Kwairanga was absent from the match, while Coach Adewale Moses, who took charge of the match, rushed out of the pitch to escape the hostility of the home fans.

David Nnaji of Gombe United scored for the home side in the 52nd minute while Suleiman Sani equalized for Akwa United in the 61st minute of the game.


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