Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Akwa United Need The Four Players Called To Eagles Camp

Akwa United has come out to say they cannot continue the league without the four players in the Super Eagles camp in Kano. Paul Bassey told reporters in Maiduguri Monday morning that he was not one to make excuses for failure.

The FIFA/CAF Match commissioner said in his discussions with Coach Salisu he had repeatedly said he will guarantee express return to camp of his players whenever they were released to play.
He said “Due to our match with Rivers United in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, I sought for permission from the LMC for a shift which was denied due to fixture congestion., which I accepted in good faith. But you can imagine playing on Wednesday and heading immediately to Maiduguri for a Sunday encounter. It took its toll yesterday. We have been very unlucky going into the last lap of the league as the team has been plagued by injuries and absence of key players. It is not only about Ojo who did not stand between the posts yesterday due to injury. Of the four goalkeepers in our squad only one is available. We are working round the clock to get Ojo fit for the week end. Emmanson and Iwu are down. Only Shagari is ok. Of the four regular defenders, Godspower Igudia is burying his father this week end, Kodjo Dadzie has been on admission for stomach ulcer for two weeks running leaving only Ariwa and Skipper Ottobong Effiong. Move to the attack. Christian Pyagbara and Moses Ebiye have left the country for the proverbial trials, Gideon and Amaechi may not be fit before the season ends while Adio's knee injury has been stubborn four months running. You can see why we cannot do without the four players invited to the CHAN Eagles camp. Before now we had told the NFF and the LMC that for you to invite four players from Akwa United while others are limited to a maximum of two ( Except Rangers) and refuse to release them was to indirectly give our adversaries undue advantage especially at a time like this.”
Akwa United are guests of Sunshine Stars of Akure this week end in Ijebu Ode.

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