Akwa United Head Coach, Abdullahi Maikaba has declared his side’s second leg first round CAF Confederations Cup clash against Gambia’s Hawks is a do or die affair, and that his boys are fully prepared to overturn the deficit in Bakau on Wednesday, reports.
Maikaba who spoke to shortly before the team departed Nigeria, said the Hawks were lucky to win the first game and believes Akwa can do the same in the second leg.
“Actually, we are going to the Gambia on a suicide mission; we have really prepared well for this task and hope to get the results according to our plans.
“We are in high spirit and are poised to overturn the results and qualify for the next round of the competition. It’s unfortunate that we lost the first leg, but it was clear we were the better side and I’m confident we can beat them anywhere,” Maikaba stated.
Despite his team hitting 34 shots and 16 on target in Uyo and scoring once, Maikaba believes the coaches have worked more on conversion and wants all Nigerians to pray and support them in the Gambia.
Akwa United coach, Abdul Maikaba
Akwa United coach, Abdul Maikaba

“We have mapped out our strategy already; in the first leg we could have scored 10 or more goals but their goalkeeper was in good form or should I say, my strikers were not too clinical. I just want to urge all supporters of Akwa United and all Nigerians to rally behind us because we won’t disappoint, them” Maikaba concluded.

Akwa United need an outright win of two clear goals to better the first leg results in terms of goals scored to stand any chance of progressing into the second round of the CAF Confederations Cup.