Dakkada International FC formerly known as Akwa Starlets have now lost two straight home matches following a 1-0 loss to rejuvenated city rivals Akwa United in the Qua Iboe derby on Sunday.
In contrast to their patchy home form, the NPFL new boys have not tasted defeat in all five of their games away from home, including a shocking 2-0 victory over Nigeria’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives Enugu Rangers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.
However, the 2019 NNL Champions suffered a first home loss when they offered themselves as the sacrificial lamb for a Rabiu Ali led Kano Pillars side to find their winning mojo back this season.
Coach of the side Caleb Esu observed that a reason for their home losses this season could be a greater likelihood of the team concentrating more in away games than in games executed at their Godswill Akpabio Stadium homeground.
“When you get to somebody’s home as an away team, the concentration level will be very high and you will be focused to see to it that you don’t disappoint or get beaten scandalously.
“I think it is that coercion and being very focused to the away game that is really giving us those results (away from home),” he said.
When asked about the officiating decisions made in the course of the game, the Yemi Tella protégée avoided making any remark but iterated that his side had many deserved penalty calls that should have stood.
“I don’t have to indict the referee in any way, but we had penalties, not [just one] penalty, [but multiple] penalties that were not given,” he complained.
The highflying side who have 16 points have now dropped to third on the NPFL log after Lobi Stars leapfrogged them with victory over Katsina United in Markurdi. Plateau United, meanwhile, remain on top with 21 points, three points better off than second-placed Lobi Stars.