Head coach of Akwa United football Club, Ayodeji Ayeni has described his team’s 2-1 defeat to Kwara United as painful, stressing that the outcome of the match did not reflect the true complexion of the game.


Goals by Wasiu Alalade and Ahmed Jimoh either side of Cyril Olisema’s strike helped Kwara United to their first win of the 2022-23 season, as Akwa United suffered their second defeat in five games played so far this season.


Coach Ayeni in a post-match interview said he was disappointed that his team’s effort did not yield a positive result. ‘’We had a good game, we did all we could to ensure we get something out of the game but It wasn’t to be because at the end of the day, it didn’t work out the way we planned.


‘’In my opinion we didn’t deserve to lose because we were clearly the better side, we created lots of chances, but our finishing let us down. I wouldn’t say it was lack of concentration that cost us, all the players in the box fought for the ball but the opponent got the chance and made the most of it. On the whole, I think it was a good performance from my players that we will certainly build on going forward’’.    


Wasiu Alalade’s early strike put the hosts ahead after 14 minutes before Cyril Olisema leveled the scores in the 69th minute and just when it looked like coach Ayeni’s team will go back to Uyo with a point, Ahmed Jimoh fired in the winner four minutes from time to condemned Akwa United to their first away defeat this season.


The defeat against Kwara United means 2021 Champions Akwa United stays 4th on the log on 7 points, same as 3rd placed Enyimba International who have superior goal difference. The Promise Keepers will next engage Remo Stars on matchday 6 at the Nest of Champions this weekend.

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