Akwa United have placed themselves in a difficult position to qualify from the CAF Confederations Cup Preliminary round first leg after losing 1-2 to Hawks of Gambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Sunday evening.
Two first half goals from Jallow Muhammed in the 11th minute and Charity Lamin in the 34th minute had condemned the Promise keepers to a one sided first half of wasted chances before Victor Mbaoma sloted home a cross from Etim Matthew to reduce the scoreline with 15 minutes left to play for an equalizer that never came as the Hawks held their forte and secured their first victory on Nigerian soil.
Speaking moments after the final whistle, Akwa United gaffer, Abdul Maikaba rued his team’s loss to little knowledge of the away team and vowed to overturn the scoreline in Banjul.
“Actually it’s a very big lesson, I have been following the team but I know very little about them,” he told Goalkick84.com.
“Seeing them today for 90minutes will help a lot to get the game back to us.”
He went on to commend the Hawks of Gambia.
“They are a highly tactical side, very good, but I will work very hard to make sure the results is reversed in the return let.”
Head Coach Abdul Maikaba who is making his debut in the continent as coach of Akwa United likened the team’s home loss to their debut season on the continent and said an away win is possible.
“It happened to Akwa United in their debut season when they won Vital Club Mokanda away, came here to lose at home.
“We still have that believe that we can do the same, the only thing is for us to be mentally strong and prepare very well for the task,” Maikaba maintained.
Akwa United will travel to Banjul in a fortnight for the return leg.