Coach Abdul Maikaba stated that Rangers clash against Akwa United is a must win for his team, if they are to achieve any of their aims this season.
The Flying Antelopes will confront defending champions of the league, Akwa United F.C in a matchday 18, NPFL 2021/2022 fixture.
Rangers are fourth on the NPFL table, while Akwa United are sixth, but only a point is seperating them.
However, Maikaba said that his team cannot afford any more slip if the dreams of emerging champions or picking a continental ticket at the end of the season were to be realized.
“Actually, whether we like it or not, if our aspiration is to win the league or go to the continent, we have to beat teams like Akwa United in their home ground. If we cannot do that, then, I am afraid that we can’t get to our destination.”
“So, our mission is to go all out to get the three points at stake in Uyo because, Akwa United is close behind us on the log and if we fail to get the win, we shall be behind them and I don’t want it that way.”
“We shall give our all to ensure we come back to Enugu with the maximum points and consolidate on the task of catching up with the early pace setters,” stated coach Maikaba.
Maikaba had successful stint with Akwa United in the past. He led the promise keepers to their first Aiteo Cup title in 2017 and on the kind of reception, he expects from Uyo fans this weekend, the Rangers gaffer said, :
“I expect a cordial reception when we hit Uyo because while working for their team, they appreciated my professionalism to the job which they expect to see from my new club, Rangers.”
Meanwhile, Coach Maikaba will be without Ugochukwu Ugwuoke, Ossy Martins, and a host of others for this crucial encounter, but Maikaba expect others to step up in their absence.
“The absence of these key players in the set-up will be felt but we have capable replacements that can hold their own when the chips are down. I expect a difficult match in Uyo but we shall come out tops at the end of the match.” He concluded .
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