Why we can­not do with­out our CHAN Ea­gles – Bassey

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The chair­man of Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Football League (NPFL) ti­tle con­tenders Akwa United, Mr Paul Bassey has said the ‘Prom­ise Keep­ers’ can­not con­tinue the league with­out four of their depend­able play­ers in the Su­per Ea­gles camp in Kano.

Though Bassey told re­porters in Maiduguri Mon­day morn­ing that he was not one to make ex­cuses for fail­ure, he was forced to raise the is­sue due to the avalanche of in­juries that have plague the Uyo soc­cer lords.

“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 week­end. Em­man­son and Iwu are down, Only Sha­gari is ok.

“Of the four regular de­fend­ers, God­spower Igu­dia is bury­ing his fa­ther this week­end, Kodjo Dadzie has been on ad­mis­sion for stom­ach ul­cer for two weeks run­ning leav­ing only Ariwa and Skip­per Oto­bong 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.

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