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Ojo Olorunleke hails Kogi United despite Akwa United win

9:19 AM GMT 27/09/2018
Ojo Olorunleke
The goalkeeper guided the Promise Keepers to a late win but he was still full of praise for his state team in spite their loss

Ojo Olorunleke says he is proud of Kogi United despite his Akwa United side secured a late 1-0 in Wednesday’s Federation Cup encounter at the Enyimba Stadium in Aba.

The Nigerian National League side held on their nerve till the 90th minute before Victor Mboama’s strike at the death saw the champions secured a passage to the quarter-final stage.

After their victory, the Promise Keepers goalkeeper, who hails from Kogi state, cut short his celebration to heap praise on the Lokoja based side, while tipping them to advance.

“I feel so great and thank God for the wonderful result, another clean sheet and our qualification to the quarterfinal final,” Olorunleke told Goal.

“I also appreciate my colleagues too for the resilience and fighting spirits they put up to get the victory against Kogi United. Though it was really tough, I am glad we won.

“I am very proud of them, regardless of the fact that they are from my state, I am really happy with their performance in the Federation Cup. I watched them play against Nasarawa United in Aba and I was impressed by the attitude and confidence they played with in that match.

“They could have won the game if not for the penalty they missed but no hope is lost yet for them because they still have a chance to qualify. I wish them a good result in the next game.”

Ahead of Friday’s showdown with the Solid Miners, the former Giwa FC man insists his side will not rest on their oars, assuring they will go all out to earn the maximum points on Friday.

“We are going to approach the Nasarawa game like any other match.  We are not going to leave any stone unturned because our target is to finish top with nine points and end the group stage on the high with our hard work and determination,” he continued.

“We scored about 12 goals in the previous rounds but now only scored two goals.  The most important thing for us is for us to keep winning because the higher we go, the more difficult it becomes for us. So, we will just take the games as they come.”