NPFL: Obuh Absolves Fans Of Blame After Attack, Pleads For Patience (AUDIO)


Akwa United coach John Obuh has absolved fans who attacked him at the end of his side’s barren stalemate at home to Katsina United on Wednesday of any blame even as he appealed for calm and patience with his players who have had a disappointing start to the season.

The Promise Keepers are yet to record a win after four matches this season under the former U20 national team coach who was named as Brazilian Rafael Everton’s permanent successor in the summer.

The Uyo fans who were introduced to a possessive style of football under former Coach Abdu Makaiba looked agitated at the end of the game after the Promise Keepers failed to convert their chances and were culpable of losing possession at crucial periods of the game.

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

“I don’t think that what I experienced today from the fans is out of place considering the fact that in the total of twelve points, we are just having three points. Definitely, nobody will be comfortable with that,” Obub reacted.

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“I just want to appeal to them. We have done everything. At least you can now see from the game that we played against Abia Warriors and the games that we played against Enyimba and the one we played today, you can see that there is a lot of improvement in the team. All we just need is for us to win one game.” Obuh said.

Akwa United will have to impress in front of home fans against Nassarawa United on Sunday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium and Obuh believes victory will give the team the desired leverage.

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“If we just win that game, it is going to give us a lot of leverage,” Obuh said. “The league is still on a very long range, we have just started.”

He appealed to the fans to be patient while supporting the team in their prayers.

“It would have been better we start with some good winnings like every other people are doing, but if it does not come to us like that, let us not press the panic button. Let us be calm and see what we have. They should just pray for us in this next game that is coming up against Nassarawa United.

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“We might win that game and then we go to Sunshine Stars and win again. Definitely, if this team just win one game, I am so confident that we can start taking it up from there.”Obuh pleaded