Akwa United Coach Says Team Is ‘Work In Progress’

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Akwa United’s good run of form in the second half of the Nigeria Professional football League (NPFL) season continued with another home win against Lobi Stars and Coach Deji Ayeni reveals that his club’s current form was expected, but maintains that the team is still work in progress.

Bello Babatunde’s stunning effort in the 37th minute was all Akwa United needed to see off Lobi Stars at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Sunday. Despite dominating possession for most of the second half, Lobi Stars could not secure the equaliser that could have put them level on points with Dakkada FC and Abia Warriors.

Speaking after his side’s 1-0 triumph against Lobi Stars in the MatchDay 25 fixture, Ayeni said that he was overwhelmed by the outcome of his first six games. He praised his players for maintaining a high degree of consistency and being focused.

Akwa United’s Bello Babatunde celebrates goal against Lobi Stars

“We are happy with the result, but I still maintain that the team is still a work in progress. We are not there yet,” Ayeni said.

“In the situation we have found ourselves, the fans desire more, and we must do our best to meet their aspirations. I think we can assess the team better after matchday 30.”

Ayeni, who joined the Promise Keepers in mid-season, has not dropped points since the MatchDay 20 draw at home to Rivers United. The 6-1 thrashing of Nasarawa United tops the list of results he has amassed for the Uyo side since taking over from Kennedy Boboye.

The result against Lobi Stars propelled Akwa United to 5th on the NPFL log, pending the outcome of Sunshine Stars’ date away to Kano Pillars in Abuja. Lobi are two points above the relegation zone, but could end the MatchDay in the drop zone if Kano Pillars and Heartland FC win their respective fixtures on Monday.

Sundays NPFL results

Akwa United 1-0 Lobi Stars

Gombe United 1-0 Katsina United

Rangers international 3-0 Kwara United




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