As the 2021 Nigeria Professional Football League champions Akwa United get set to kickoff the 2022-23 football season with a home tie against newly promoted Insurance of Benin, head Coach of the Promise Keepers Ayodeji Ayeni says he is optimistic that his team will make a positive start to the campaign.
Coach Ayeni in an exclusive interview with the club’s official website www.akwaunitedfc.com informed that he is satisfied with the quality of players in his squad to get the job done on Sunday.
“As a team, we have done a lot to prepare for the new season and I’m confident that my players are battle ready to go all out and prove their worth on Sunday because they are here on merit.
“Our first match is against Insurance of Benin, a newly promoted team to the top flight. They are a club with pedigree, and I know the coach very well. We wanted to play them during our pre-season programme but it wasn’t possible because of our congested programme during the festive season, but we have an idea about their playing pattern and style because we have done our homework well after seeing them play in some pre-season games .
“This season, we will be playing in an abridged League format which means fewer matches and we cannot leave anything to chance and that is why we have to start strong to ensure we secure one of the play-off spots and from there we will challenge for the league title”.