Two first half goals from Victor Mbaoma and Michael Ibe helped Akwa United to a comfortable victory over newly promoted Yobe Desert Stars on Matchday 3 of the 2017/2018 NPFL encounter at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Sunday.
The win over Yobe Desert Stars was Akwa Uniteds 14th straight home win in the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL. The last time they fail to record victory was against FC Ifeanyi Ubah last season.
Newly signed striker Victor Mbaoma opened his goal scoring account for the Promise Keepers in the 30th minute when he volleyed in Aniekeme Asuquos delectable cross.
The home team doubled their lead two minutes later through midfielder Michael Ibe who tapped in Kodjovi Dadzies excellent cross from the left for his first goal of the season.
Coach Abdu Maikabas men had couple of good opportunities to score even more goals in the first half, but they were kept at bay by the resolute defending of the visitors from Yobe.
Meanwhile, Ojo Olorunleke had little or nothing to do as he was rarely called to action as the Promise Keepers went into the break with a deserved 2-0 advantage.
On resumption, the home team added more firepower to their game and forced the visitors back to their own half for much part of the game but only fail to increase the score line, chiefly because of poor finishing by the front men and some eye-catching saves by Yobe Stars goalkeeper Itodor Akor.
Victor Mbaoma, Cyril Olisema and Michael Ibe were the culprits in the second half, after missing glorious chances to increase their teams tally.
Coach Maikaba replaced Cyril Olisema and Ubong Friday with Christian Pyagbara and Amaechi Orji in the closing stages of the game, but the duo did little to change the score line.
Speaking after the match, Coach Maikaba said “We are happy the we won the match. We should have done better than that”.
“We created many chances and should have scored at least three, four or maybe five goals against Yobe Stars today”.
“We need to continue working on our finishing and we believe before long, we will get everything working for us. Our focus now is on the next game in midweek”.
The victory is Akwa Uniteds second win of the season in three league matches and they will next face Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja in midweek.