Confederation Cup: Hawks warn Akwa United
Gambian club Hawks have told Akwa United they will be out for victory in their CAF Confederation Cup preliminary match at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Sunday.
The Secretary of the Banjul side Kamaso Sadibou said, while inspecting the venue for the encounter on Wednesday, they had video clips from Akwa United ’s previous matches and that the coaches had watched them closely to help them win the game.
Sadibou said, “I have the videos of Akwa United’s last five matches, even the last match against Wikki Tourists.
“I know you may not have ours, but trust me we are keeping tabs on you.”
He added, “This stadium will motivate my boys to play. We do not have one as good as yours. Only our VIP pavilion is covered and the grass is not as good, so the boys will love it here.
“We play the same pattern as Akwa United so fans should be ready for a good game of football and I see us scoring a lot of goals on Sunday.”
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The Gambians, who arrived in Lagos on Wednesday, are already in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
The referees from Sierra Leone arrived in Uyo on Wednesday.
Banjul Hawks not bothered about Akwa United form
The Gambian opposition have stated their determination to leave Nigeria with a commendable result despite the form of their foes.
Hawks FC coach, Amsumana Fatty has disclosed that they are not worried about the current form of Akwa United, their Caf Confederation Cup Preliminary round opponents.
In a chat with media on arrival at the Ibom International Airport, the tactician hinted that they were aware of the strength and weaknesses of the Promise Keepers and are ready to tackle them at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
“Nigeria are a footballing country and Akwa United are a big club. They are top of their league, so we respect them,” Amsumana told media.
“But we are looking forward to the match on Sunday knowing that it will be a game played between 11 players and at the end the best team win.
“The Gambian league and the Nigerian league are not the same. We started poorly in the league but we are gradually picking up.
“We are here for the Caf Confederation Cup and it’s a different competition altogether. We have been preparing for the past two months so we are ready for Akwa United.”
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The skipper of the Gambian side, Omar Sarr revealed that they are not intimated by Akwa United and that they will be out to seek a good result that will make the return leg easier for them in Banjul in a fortnight.
“Since after the draws, we have heard a lot about Akwa United and we know that they are a good side,” he told media.
“We have watched their videos online and they are playing almost the same pattern we play so, it will be an exciting match and we are ready to give them a good fight.”
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