By Adeboye Amosu: Akwa United striker Victor Mbaoma insists the club can overturn the first leg deficit against Banjul Hawks when they take on the Gambians in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round fixture next week in Banjul, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Promise Keepers suffered a 2-1 defeat against the Hawks at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium despite dominating possession for most of the game.
Hawks led 2-0 at half time courtesy of goals by Mohammed Jallow and Lamine Chatty, while Mbaoma reduced the deficit 18 minutes from the end, his fifth goal in all competitions for the Uyo club this season.
Abdu Maikaba’s men lost out in the preliminary stage in their debut appearance in the competition two years ago and now face a repeat of the same scenario.
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But Mbaoma, who is on loan at the club from Bet9ja Nigeria National League club Remo Stars, is confident they can secure a win against their opponents in the return fixture
“It’s shame we lost the game despite the effort we put in. I believe things would have been different if we had converted the chances we created,” Mbaoma told CSN.
“The fans too are really disappointed but we believe there is still a lot to play for. They beat us here and we can do the same thing to them in Banjul.
“We just have to believe in ourselves and hope luck smiles on us at the end of the game.”
Akwa United will return to action on Thursday when they take on MFM FC in a Nigeria Professional Football League match day eight fixture at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.