Abuja - Akwa United Football Club fans on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction with the club’s poor performance in its match with visiting Nembe City FC of Bayelsa at the Uyo Township Stadium.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after the midweek match in the Glo Premier League, they said the club had "no justification for failure.’’
One of the fans, Justice Udosoro, said Akwa United FC players had no reason to perform badly because they were not being owed by the Akwa Ibom government.
"It was a sad event for Akwa United FC, with this scoreless draw against the visiting team. A win would have given the club confidence that they will escape having to sink in the relegation waters.
"So far, the performance of the boys has not been commendable as there were so many opportunities which presented themselves, but our players could not score.
"Generally, it is a bad result for the state. It is a bad result for the team, and it is a bad result for the fans who have been supportive of the club.
"One will say that the performance level of the boys is questionable, as they have in recent times drawn or lost to their opponents,” Udosoro, who is the vice-president (South-South) of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), said.
He said the club’s technical crew needed to be advised on what to do to ensure they escaped relegation.
"This may be by working on the minds of the players so as to boost their confidence in the remaining matches of the season,’’ Udosoro said.
There was pandemonium in the stadium immediately after the match.
The chairman of Akwa United FC, Isong Isang, was almost lynched by the angry fans who accused him of mismanaging the club’s finances.
Meanwhile, the Technical Adviser of Nembe City FC, John Ankara, said his club was comfortable with the result of the game.
"I am proud of our boys for ensuring that the hosts did not score any goal, even though they had so many chances,’’ he said.