Akwa United left-back, James Ajako has revealed that he and his teammates are on a mission to record their first win of the 2022-23 Nigeria Professional Football League season, when they engage Nasarawa United in one of match-day three fixtures slated for Sunday, January 22, 2023.
Ajako, one of three players to have played every minute of the Promise Keepers’ opening two games of the season, told www.akwaunitedfc.com that he and his teammates are in good shape and fully determined to go up against Nasarawa United in their adopted home ground in Jos when hostilities begin by two o’clock, Sunday afternoon.
After two rounds of matches, the Promise Keepers have only one point from a possible six, following the opening-day home defeat to Bendel Insurance and a goalless draw in mid-week against Enyimba in Aba.
Nasarawa United, on the other hand, are bottom of the table without a point after losing their first two matches of the season, and Ajako believes that the Akwa United team is more than capable of emerging victorious on Sunday.
‘’Our first two games didn’t go the way we wanted and Sunday will be another day for us to continue fighting for our first victory of the season. It won’t be an easy game. It will be a tough one for both teams, considering their recent results, but we are confident that we have what it takes to get a positive result from the match.”
‘’After reflecting on the results of our last two games, we as players have resolved to be more committed, play our hearts out to ensure we turn things around which will help us to achieve our aim of making it to the playoffs’’
On Akwa United’s goal drought, Ajako hinted that the responsibility of goal-scoring is not left for the strikers alone but for all the players on the pitch.
‘’ It’s unbelievable that we are yet to score goal (s) after two matches. The coaching crew has been taking us on scoring drills and our team is such that any player can score at any time.
“In midweek, I came close to scoring against Enyimba in Aba, but my shot crashed against the crossbar and I know that it is just a temporary setback. I’m optimistic that we will utilize our chances come sunday and we will celebrate our goals’’
The Sunday encounter will be broadcast live to millions of television viewers from two o’clock in the afternoon, Nigerian time.