Akwa United’s coach, Abdu Maikaba, has played down fears expressed by Niger Tornadoes coach, Abubakar Bala, that he would prefer Sunshine Stars in tomorrow’s Aiteo Cup instead of Akwa United, claiming ‘The Promise Keepers’ are the best team in the country, technically and tactically.
Abubakar had insinuated moments after a hard-fought 4-3 win over FC Ifeanyiubah in the first semi-final of the cup race that he would prefer a final showdown against Sunshine Stars instead of Akwa United, claiming the Maikaba-led squad are full of tactics and experience.
“That is mind game and we cannot fall for it”, Maikaba said ahead of the final showdown at Agege Stadium in Lagos.
“I have a good team here at Akwa United, no doubt, but we cannot be deceived into the erroneous belief that we are title favourites.
“It is our desire and determination to go all the way but certainly not on the heals of deceit.
“We have some players who are not going to feature in the final as a result of injury and all that.
“But Akwa United are determined to win and that we will work hard enough to meet our targeted expected expectation”, the former Sharks and Wikki Tourists manager futher told SCORENigeria
By Sab Osuji