By George Aluo
Akwa United manager, Abdul Maikaba has assured that Akwa United won’t fumble in the continent next season when she flies Nigeria’s flag in CAF Confederation Cup.
Akwa on Sunday in Lagos picked the CAF Confederation Cup ticket after beating Niger Tornadoes in the final of the nation’s most glamorous football tournament, the FA Cup.
Maikaba who was still basking in the euphoria of the victory said the club would do everything possible to stop the poor run on Nigerian clubs in the continent.
“Our clubs have not been doing well in Africa. We are going all out to correct that. As we speak, I m already plotting strategies on how to get it right at that level next year. We will avoid the mistakes other clubs did. One of such mistakes is this penchant of overhauling the team almost 100 percent after picking the ticket. We will stick to this team and only inject in a few legs that can add value. We know the areas where we have weaknesses and we will work on them,” Maikaba said.
The former Wikki Tourist coach thumbed up Niger Tornadoes for putting up a good fight in the Agege final battle.
“The Niger Tornadoes we met on Sunday was quite stronger than the one we met home and away in the league. They defended well and ensured we did not score a goal. It was quite a difficult final. I thank God that we managed to win at the end of the day.”
Maikaba was quick to add that the Agege stadium turf also made things difficult for his side, pointing out that the artificial turf was too hard for his boys.
“The artificial turf is too hard. It doesn’t support good football. We are not used to it and it made things difficult for us,” Maikaba said.