Akwa United Braced For ‘Important’ Enyimba Test

Coach Maikaba and goalkeeper Olorunleke aim for victory in the midweek face-off

Akwa United vs Enyimba. Image credit: Shengolpixs

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) heavyweights, Akwa United and Enyimba will lock horns in a rescheduled fixture at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday afternoon.

Akwa United have just one victory in their last seven meetings with Enyimba, and the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, Ojo Olorunleke explains why it is always difficult against ‘The Aba Warriors’. Top Media Nigeria exclusively reports.

“It has always been difficult because we are both great teams with lots of quality – administratively and sporting-wise. So, fans should expect nothing less when two elephants clash.”

Olorunleke during the Aiteo Cup final at the Agege stadium last year. Image credit: Olorunleke Facebook

A single point separate both teams on the log – although Enyimba have played two games less, the Super Eagles B goalie explains that their only objective on Wednesday is to come out on top against the CAF Confederation Cup campaigners.

Ojo Olorunleke in Super Eagles training. Image Credit: Olorunleke Facebook

“We are going to approach the game with all seriousness and with the mindset of winning.

“We are going to respect them for sure, but we are not (going to be) scared of them.

“We are the home side, so we must make take maximum advantage of that,” the ex-Flying Eagles shotstopper submits.


Coach Maikaba seeks nothing but victory against Enyimba. Image credit: dailynigerian.com/

Furthermore, Coach Abdu Maikaba echoed his keeper’s winning thoughts.

Maikaba, who is assistant to Enyimba’s Paul Aigbogun at the national U-20 level, is optimistic that his players will deliver the goods.

“The game against Enyimba is an important game for us because we know where victory will take us to on the log. We know our opponents very well and we have prepared very well for them.

“We have committed players who are always ever ready to bring honour to the club and I believe that the game on Wednesday will encourage us to get back to where we truly want to be.”

The respected tactician continues:

“We are in a very crucial stage in the league and for us to achieve our objective at the end of the season, we have to do our very best to win all our matches irrespective of where the matches are played.

“We have carefully worked on the confidence level of our players especially in front of goal,” concludes Maikaba.

When both sides clashed in Calabar this day last month, the Uyo-based side fought relentlessly to secure a 0-0 draw against their 10-man hosts.

Three former Enyimba players – Ezekiel Bassey, Kelly Kester and Ifeanyi Ede – are now with Akwa United, and coach Maikaba may unleash them against their former employers.

Either side could move up to fourth position on the table with a win.

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