Akwa United: Eye Witness Describes the Scenery of Coach John Obuh’s Attack by Fans


Akwa United’s head coach tasted the consequence of fans’ impatience and desperation for good results on Matchday 4 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after his side got held by Katsina United in their second home game of the season.

Although Goal Keeper Abdullahi Boje performed superbly in between the sticks,  the Promise Keepers’ goal poacher Mfon Udoh failed to convert a penalty and a handful of goal scoring chances too.

The fans who came out to give their support to the 2017 Aiteo Cup Champions had a bite the bitter pie of another barren encounter and went on to show their disappointment at the end of the game’s duration.

First, a fan found his way to the Technical Area and attacked Coach John Obuh with a palm to the Gaffer’s head before taking off his cap but security men quickly salvaged the situation that looked bound to descend into a free-for-all beating spree. 

A fan who was right at the spot when the scene unfolded told busybuddiesng.com what happened.

“It was out of the frustration from the side of the home fans that it was immediately after the final whistle that one fan rushed in to the technical area where coach John Obuh was standing and gave him a slap on the head and took his cap from him and people rushed in and salvage the coach from the beating.

“A lot of people attacked the coach immediately after that, fans who were standing downside attacked the coach and he had to be taken off the pitch by the security personnel who were around. The home fans who were in the stand were so so frustrated about the result.

“Some people said the frustration was as a result of the coach not starting Aniekeme Asuquo, because the fans really wanted him to start the guy, instead he chose to pick out new signing Ohanu, Mfon Udoh and Ndifreke Effiong to start upfront and when Aniekeme Asuquo came in, he changed the game a lot and even resulted in Akwa having a penalty that Mfon Udoh missed. 

So they were so frustrated and we’re like he is not playing the right players that is why Akwa is under-performing so they had to show him their anger in that manner.” Asikpo Junior, a Mass Communication undergraduate of the University of Uyo explained.

Akwa United have a chance to regain the confidence of home fans when they face Nassarawa United on Matchday 5 of the NPFL today Sunday, 24 November at 4pm in the main bowl of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.