Ayodeji Ayeni, head coach of Akwa United, says his team’s goal is to finish the current Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL season on a high note.
He adds that the club’s remaining four games will be crucial to realizing this season’s goal.
Coach Ayeni explained that his team’s desire is still alive to the club’s official website, www.akwaunitedfc.com, before to NPFL Match-day 35 versus Plateau United.
At the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday, the defending champions will face Plateau United, and Ayeni has instructed his team to work even harder to defeat their guests.
“The last four matches will certainly influence how things will shape up at the end of the season.
“We still have twelve (12) points to fight for and the outcome of these four games will determine how we are going to finish our season.
” Our target is to finish strong and in a good position, but all of that will depend on how we are approach these last four games.
“I have talked with my players about the importance of these games, starting with Saturday’s match against Plateau United.
“We have to stand up and be counted because we can’t afford to drop any more point especially at home, and that is why we have to win this game”.
Akwa United has 48 points after 34 games, including 12 wins, 12 ties, and 10 defeats. With four games remaining before the season ends, they are eighth on the log.
Five of the past 11 games between the two teams have ended in draws, with three victories going to each team.
Despite being winless in their previous five trips to Uyo, Plateau United has drawn twice in their last three outings to the Nest of Champions.
Prior to playing a scoreless draw in Jos on their road to winning the NPFL trophy for the first time last season, Akwa United defeated Plateau United 1-0 thanks to a goal from Charles Atshimene.
Coach Ayodeji Ayeni will be without the services of midfielder Bello Babatunde, David Philip, and Jean Efala because they missed the team’s training sessions throughout the week.
Goalkeeper Adewale Adeyinka may return to the match-day squad after returning from a national engagement with the senior national team, the Super Eagles.
The Super Eagles coach is anticipated to see the match live in Uyo, therefore the two teams will be ready to put up an impressive performance.