The head coach of University for Development Studies (UDS) football team of Ghana, Abraham Tawko has expressed optimism that his team will win Gold medal at the on going West African University Games(WAUG).
Tawko said this yesterday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports shortly after his team defeated Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil (KUST-WUDIL) 2-1in the second semi finals match of the WAUG at the University Domostration Secondary School (UDSS) field, Aluu in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State.
He explained that the match was a difficult one, adding that others matches they played in the group stage was not so tough
Tawko commended his players for coming from a goal down and win the match, noting that the competition has given the players some experience.
Also speaking, the head coach of Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil (KUST-WUDIL)Abdusalam Abubaker said scoring goals in a football Competition and you did not maintain the goal you are bound to loss the match.
“ My players, played out of their position in the second half of the match.
In football any thing can happen, it is not over until it is over,”Abubaker stated.
According to him KUST-WUDIL has the youngest team in the WAUG football competition.
“My team lost in the semi final of the competition, it is part of the game,”he said.
Earlier, the Captain of UDS football team of Ghana, Alhassan Wadud, called on Students of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) to cheer his team in the final match on Saturday at the UNIPORT sports village.
CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad
Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.
Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach
Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.
CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency
Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
“We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.
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