Philip David has revealed the readiness of Akwa United players to secure their first win of the 2023/24 Nigeria Premier Football (NPFL) season when they square up to Gombe United on Matchday six on Wednesday at the Eket Stadium.
The Promise Keepers, under the tutelage of Fatai Osho have garnered just three points from their opening five matches and Philip believes the tie against Gombe United is an opportunity for the players to redeem themselves and move the team out of their present position on the log.
“Our position on the league table is a matter of great concern to everyone at the club and we are fully aware that it is up to us to get it right in our next game,” left back Philip David told the club’s website.
“It’s unbelievable that we are without a win after five matches. Where we are on the table doesn’t really reflect the way we played those games. I’m happy that at the moment, the mood in camp is very encouraging and we have motivated ourselves well enough because everyone wants to play and contribute to the team’s success. The level of commitment and determination is such that we just have to get the job done starting with this mid-week match against Gombe United.
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“We know it’s not going to be easy but we are prepared and ready to give our all and ensure we record victory. The league is very competitive and we know how much a win will boost our confidence and where we will be on the log. Victory on Wednesday may be the much-needed turnaround to kickstart our season,” David concluded.
Philip David, NPFL winner with Akwa United in 2021 has led the team as captain in the absence of Etim Mathew and Jean Efala. The left-back who has featured in all five games for coach Fatai Osho’s team so far this season has scored one goal already.
Akwa United, who have beaten Gombe United in all of their seven previous meetings in Akwa Ibom, will be full of confidence going into the game.