Saturday, July 09, 2011

Akpabio vows to keep Plateau up

George Akpabio (pictured) has assured that he is ready to give his best to make sure that his struggling side, Plateau United in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) survive relegation this season.

The striker, who came through the youth ranks of Plateau United, said he does not want to end up only as top scorer of the topflight this season but also wants to make sure that his Premier League team escape the drop.

“I am happy that I have been able to score goals for my club at important times and games this season. But as much as I want to win the top scorers’ award I also want to save my side from relegation,” he said.

Plateau United are currently placed in 19th position on the log of the Nigerian topflight after 31 games.

Akpabio believes that with seven games remaining in the campaign the Plateau side can fight to keep their status after regaining Premier League grade last season since 2004.

But Plateau United face Niger Tornadoes away at the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna on Sunday and Akpabio acknowledged that it is game he and his colleagues need to brace up for.

“We have seven games to play now and one of the games will be against Niger Tornadoes tomorrow (Sunday). It is a game we cannot afford to lose or else we put ourselves in further difficult position,” he told

Akpabio has scored 12 goals in this season’s league campaign – one behind top scorer, Ibrahim Ajani of Sunshine Stars.

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