Abuja - Coach Justin Tenger of Akwa United has blamed the poor state of Uyo Township Stadium’s pitch for his team’s poor performance against Heartland FC of Owerri on Wednesday.
He said on Wednesday in Uyo that the situation was very frustrating for him and his players.
Tthe Uyo-based Akwa United FC drew goalless with Heartland FC in one of the midweek Glo Premier League matches.
The week 31 match was played at the Uyo Township Stadium.
"It is very frustrating and it is not a good one. My boys are very good. But the condition of the pitch did not help matters in this match, in addition to the wet environment,’’ the coach said.
He refused to accept suggestions that his selection of players for the match could have been faulty, and could have led to the 0-0 result.
"I will not say that I made any mistake in the selection of the team which played this match, because it is the same team that has been winning our matches.
"It is the same team which played Sharks FC of Port Harcourt to a standstill last weekend,’’ Tenger said.
On whether he and his team were still hopeful of winning a ticket to play on the continent next year, the coach said it was not part of the club’s objectives at the moment.
"We are only working on our boys maintaining a good position on the league table. But I can assure that we will not be in the relegation zone,” he said.
Speaking also on the game, Heartland FC’s assistant coach, Ramson Madu, called on the Akwa Ibom state government to work on the stadium’s pitch.
"It is not safe for players. The condition of the pitch is terrible and I think something has to be done on it if it should continue to be used as a match venue.
"In fact I am happy that my boys were able to defend very well so as not to concede a goal, in the face of such a bad football pitch.
"It is regrettable and not good for our football that almost all my players sustained bruises in just a match played in one pitch,’’ he said.