Akwa chief hails gov
AKWA United have praised Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel for the decision to offer citizens of the state a free access to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium for Wednesday’s CAF Confederation clash against Sudanese side Al Hilal.
Perennial CAF Champions league campaigners Al Hilal won the first leg in khartoum 2-0, and Akwa will have to score three goals to advance.
Chairman of the Premier League club Paul Bassey told reporters after the team’s training session on Monday they are delighted over the development.
Bassey said, “The decision to open the gates free of charge is borne out of government’s desire to mobilise maximum support for the team in the crucial encounter that will determine the team’s qualification for the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
“I know it is a welcome development. Wednesday is midweek, a lot of fans will either be in their offices, marketplaces and other business concerns that may punctuate their desire to come and cheer us to victory, but with this magnanimity from the governor, we expect a near capacity crowd especially from schoolchildren who are on holiday.
“Governor Udom has been very supportive financially and morally and the only way we can repay his interest in the team is to keep a smile on his face with a victory on Wednesday.”
The FIFA and CAF match commissioner blamed the Aiteo Cup champions’ poor showing in the domestic league on their continental campaign.
He said, “That is the price you pay for going continental. Divided attention, tight schedule and fatigue.”
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