Akwa United’s midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi has revealed the one thing that has gotten the 2017 Aiteo Cup Champions consecutive victories for the first time in the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The Promise Keepers grabbed their first away win of the season on home soil against Dakkada FC in a first-ever Qua Iboe derby in topflight history on Sunday.
Veteran striker Akarandut Orok scored the game’s only goal in the 17th minute to hand Akwa United their second victory in the space of five days and their third of the campaign.
Former gaffer John Obuh had secured just a solitary win in eight games before he got replaced by Kennedy Boboye hours after tendering his resignation.
To set the sail, Boboye’s boys fought hard to beat Rivers United 2-1 on Matchday 9 in the first game of the post-Obuh era and Ifeanyi believes the former Plateau United has played a major role in changing the fortunes of the Uyo-based outfit in just a couple of games.
“Coach Kennedy Boboye coming into the team has brought a lot of confidence to the boys in terms of playing because he wants us to play at all cost no matter the situation and we give God the glory that since he came, we’ve gotten the results,” Ifeanyi told newsmen after the win over Dakkada.
However, the former MFM captain compared Akwa United’s slow start to the present woes of English Premier League outfit Arsenal.
We started the season badly but we knew that was our challenge which every other club has faced even (English Premier League side) Arsenal is still facing it,” he said, “We knew we will come out of it.”
Arsenal, who recently appointed former club captain Mikel Arteta as head coach, have tasted victory only once in their last thirteen games in all competitions.
Ifeanyi teamed up for a second spell with the Promise Keepers after his adventure at Algeria’s Es Setif got sour due to injury problems and a poor run of form.