Stand-in captain David Philip has revealed that he and his teammates are determined to prove their worth by recording their first win of the season when they square up against Gombe United on Matchday six on Wednesday at the Eket Stadium.

The Promise Keepers have three points from five matches and Philip believes that the mid-week tie which will be their sixth match of the current campaign is an opportunity for the players to redeem themselves and move the team out of their present position on the log.

Our position on the league table is a matter of great concern to everyone at the club and we are fully aware that it is up to us to get it right in our next game. It’s unbelievable that we are without a win after five matches. Where we are on the table doesn’t really reflect the way we played those games.

“I’m happy that at the moment, the mood in camp is very encouraging and we have motivated ourselves well enough because everyone wants to play and contribute to the team’s success. The level of commitment and determination is such that we just have to get the job done starting with this mid-week match against Gombe United.

“We know it’s not going to be easy but we are prepared and ready to give our all and ensure we record victory. The league is very competitive and we know how much a win will boost our confidence and where we will be on the log. Victory on Wednesday may be the much needed turn around to kickstart our season”.

David Philip, NPFL winner with Akwa United in 2021 has led the team as captain in the absence of Etim Mathew and Jean Efala. The left-back who has featured in all five games for coach Fatai Osho’s team so far this season has scored one goal already.


Akwa United will be full of confidence going into the game having enjoyed a superior head-to-head record against Gombe United. The Promise Keepers have won eight, to Gombe United’s three while three of those encounters ended in draws. The visitors have lost in all their previous seven visits to Akwa Ibom.

The match is slated to kickoff at four O’clock in the afternoon and there will be live updates of the match on all Akwa United’s social media platforms.

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