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Coach Abdu Maikaba explains Akwa United's poor goalscoring form

20:46 GMT+3 14/03/2018
Abdu Maikaba
After their narrow win over Nasarawa United in Uyo, the Promise Keepers gaffer has responded to questions about their poor goalscoring spell

Akwa United coach Abdu Maikaba has blamed fatigue for his side's recent poor scoring form in front of goal but he is pleased with Monday's 1-0 win over Nasarawa United.

The Promise Keepers have only scored one goal in their last three games in all competitions this season, having failed to get a goal at Lobi Stars and Al-Ittihad.

Their only goal was Adeshina Gata's ninth-minute effort that helped 10-man hosts subdued Kabiru Dogo's men at the Godswill Apkabio Stadium last Monday in Uyo.

But the gaffer took out time to narrate his side's hectic travel experience in their Caf Confederation Cup campaign, while he takes solace from their third position on the league log.

"I'm very happy that we were able to win by one goal against Nasarawa United," Maikaba told Goal.

"Our win against Nasarawa with two outstanding games shows we still have the better position on goal difference. There are reasons we could not score many goals and this was due to nothing but fatigue.

"It was a surprise that many expected many goals from us against Nasarawa United. Maybe they did not know what we went through on our journeys. We were in the airport in Turkey at 3pm and were expected to travel 4pm the next day."

"We had no hotel to sleep and the players were only hanging around the airport. One cannot cheat nature because these players were fatigued and it was impossible to get the best from them."

"They are human beings and not machines," he continued. "That's why we insisted the match be shifted till Monday. We knew Monday won't be okay. I'm sincerely very impressed that despite all we went through, we still managed to win on Monday.

"The three points have moved us up from eight to fifth. If anyone wants to compare us with teams competing in Caf competitions. You can see that we are ahead of them."

On preparation for Al-Ittihad's clash on Sunday, the gaffer assures that they will be ready for the Libyan outfit in Uyo as they aim to secure a passage to the next phase.

"Even for our training from this moment till Sunday for the crucial game in the Caf Confederation Cup [against Al-Ittihad], we have to watch ourselves. So that we can manage the fatigue very well.

"We have formulated a strategy to ensure the players are okay for the crucial game on Sunday and I can assure everyone that we will be ready for the match. Our target is to reach the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup and we are still on course."