After scoring in Kennedy Boboye’s first game in Uyo, Akwa United’s veteran forward Akarandut Orok believes departed Coach John Obuh was not necessarily the reason for the club’s poor start.
Orok, 32, was given a start ahead of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) record goal scorer Mfon Udoh and repaid Boboye’s faith ten minutes into the game by striking the ball into the net to gift his side the opener in their matchday 9 fixture against Rivers United.
Nguaon got the visitors level but a Samson Gbadegbo last minute goal got the Promise Keepers their second victory of the season.
“John Obuh might not be the worst coach but the players’ attitude (matters),” Orok said.
“Just like the Chairman is not a bad chairman, pays salaries even when we are losing games. Which of the teams does that? They will cut your salary to half. He paid! Now, he has done that and the coaches have passed down the information and they didn’t deliver. Who is to be blamed? The players!
“The character of today’s game is the most important part. If we keep the character, the winning will keep coming. If the character changes, ofcourse, God cannot do anything.
“Faith without works is dead.” He preached.
The 2017 Aiteo Cup Champions will now turn attention to the home derby against NPFL debutants and second placed AKwa Starlets scheduled for Sunday.