Fresh from their first win of the season – a 4-0 demolition of Adamawa United – Akwa United head coach John Obuh has charged his players not to rest on their oars but to maintain the winning mentality and keep fighting for points in every match.
Coach Obuh who described the victory over Adamawa United as morale boosting however admitted that his team still need to do more towards achieving their target at the end of the season.
The Promise Keepers -14th on the log – left Uyo in the early hours of Wednesday and arrived the South Western state of Lagos in the evening of the same day to honour their NPFL Matchday 8 game against MFM, a fixture which has been brought forward to Friday 13th from the original date of Sunday 15th December by the league organisers LMC.
Speaking with the club’s official website www.akwaunitedfc.net, coach Obuh revealed that his team is hungry for a second league win in six days. “Our win over Adamawa United was a big relief and it also restored our confidence for the task ahead. At the moment, our focus is on the match against MFM, my boys are hungry to play and I expect them to do more in Lagos on Friday.
“The atmosphere in our camp is encouraging and we want to sustain that tempo. MFM is a good team, and we have lots of respect for them, but our game with them on Friday will be different in many ways because we are determined to do our best to ensure we leave Lagos with three points,” stated Coach Obuh.
Midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi who joined Akwa United from MFM in 2017 said he won’t be emotional playing against his former team but promised to give his best to ensure the Promise Keepers emerge victorious on Friday.
“I always have this special feelings playing at the Agege stadium, because I started my professional career there while playing for MFM, but there is nothing to be emotional about on Friday. My family are in Lagos and I also have many good friends there, but we (Akwa United) are going to Agege for serious business.
“Teams have picked point(s) in Lagos this season and I believe we can get a positive result on Friday. The NPFL is fast developing and it’s interesting to see teams winning games away from home. Going by this, I’m positive that our trip to Lagos will be a successful one, said Ifeanyi.
Coach John Obuh has kept faith with majority of the players that prosecuted Matchday 7 in Uyo. Two-time NPFL top scorer Mfon Udoh, club’s legend Akarandut Orok and hat-trick hero Ndifreke Effiong all made the trip to Lagos for the crucial game.
MFM with two wins, two draws and two defeats are placed 12th on the log and remain winless at home this season. They will come up against an inspired Akwa United side who have scored in two of their three away games this season. Victory for the Promise Keepers will be their first away win of the 2019/2020 season.

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