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Akwa United FC's spirited fight prevents us from more scoring more goals, says Kwara United FC coach

Posted : 22 April 2024

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Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin left it late to defeat visiting Akwa United FC of Uyo, 1-0, to move out of the relegation zone on Sunday.

Recall that the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) match day 31 was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.

The win followed their 2-1 away victory over Gombe United on Matchday 30 at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe.

The win also moved them to the 12th position on the current NPFL log with 39 points after Matchday 31.

However, the Afonja Warriors still have one outstanding home game against Rivers United of Port Harcourt.

Kwara United started the game well but gradually grappled with realities as the game wore on.

The team struggled to convert the numerous chances created, with the visitors occasionally stealing the show to trouble their defense, especially goalkeeper Soliu Dogo.

Kwara United made four changes within 15 minutes, with the quartet of Alao Muhammad, Issa Gata, Sadeeq Yusuf, and Godwin Oshagbemi making way for Shola Abdulraheem, Abubakar Garba, Alalade Wasiu, and Paul Samson as they stepped up their search for a win.

Shola Abdulraheem, who scored the winning goal against Gombe United in far away Gombe, struck a free kick from the far right that was nodded in by Emmanuel Ogbole for Kwara United’s winning goal eight minutes into the 10 minutes of extra-time.

The team’s Chief Coach, Tunde Sanni, thanked the football fans, supporters, and stakeholders for urging the team on even when they were struggling to find their rhythm.

“We appreciate our fans and supporters for keeping faith with us even when the team was searching for goals.

”Akwa United put up that spirited fight because they needed to get out of their present position on the table.

“I will want to charge the players to work harder in subsequent games because the battle is not yet over. We still have a long way to go,” he said.

Kwara United will travel to Gombe to face Doma United on April 27 for match day 32.


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