The old coach reveals the reason why Promise Keepers withdrew from African club games early
Coach Kennedy Boboye revealed the reasons why Akwa United failed in the Coffee Champions League.
After losing to CR Belouizdad by a total score of 2-1 on Sunday, the reigning Nigerian Professional Football League Kings withdrew from the game.
Promise Keepers had a weak lead 1-0 in the first leg. However, after losing 2-0 at the Omar Hamadi Stadium in Algiers, the Uyo team bid farewell to the Champions League.
In explaining what went wrong, the former Nigerian U23 assistant coach explained the factors that were not conducive to his team’s ambition to enter the second round.
“The moment we won with just one goal in Uyo on September 12th, I knew it would be difficult for us to achieve good results in Algiers, but at the same time it is not an impossible task for us,” Boboyer Tell the media.
“After carefully studying the first round, I realized that our opponent was technically better than us. That’s why we came to Algiers with a game plan. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for us.
“In addition, two of my players, Charles Okafor and Marshal Johnson, had passport issues. One player, Dennis Nia, was injured during the warm-up period, which changed our plan.
“We need to transfer Dare Ojo to the central defender position. He did a good job, but we missed his experience in the midfield, which affected our game plan.”
“After winning the first round, we knew that they (CR Belouizdad) would come out to attack us, so our plan was to score at least in the first half, but we met a very good team,” he continued.
“The way they play; it can be said that they have been playing together for a long time. The first goal they scored was a good goal, but the penalty kick was not a good goal for us, but this is football. .”
Even in the midst of setbacks, Boboye turned his attention to Nigeria’s top league where they will use their experience on the African continent.
“We must go back and start preparing for the new NPFL season. I think the exposure and experience we have gained from these two games will help the coaching staff and players play in subsequent league and intercontinental games.”