Friday, May 16, 2014

Akwa Utd target win at Dolphins

Photo: Shengolpixs
By Legheri Onyamom

Akwa United defender, Emmanuel Ariwa, believes his team will not return empty-handed to Uyo after their Glo Premier League tie with Dolphins on Saturday.
The Promise Keepers are one place down to third after being held to a surprise draw at home by FC Taraba in midweek.

The trip to Port Harcourt is hardly the test they would have wanted as they look to put pressure on the Nasarawa United and Sharks, the teams above them on the log.

However, Ariwa is optimistic of a positive result, despite the pain of the draw with FC Taraba.

"I think it is possible for us to upset Dolphins in Port Harcourt," he told

"I have been impressed with the kind of results we have had in the league this season.

"If Abia Warriors can beat Bayelsa United in Benin or FC Taraba could come to Uyo to spoil things, then we can go Port Harcourt and get a good result."

Ariwa said he is happy they are still in a good position to challenge for the title.

He reckons defeat to Dolphins would only send them further down the log and that they must fight hard to prevent such a situation.

"I would say the draw against FC Taraba didn't hurt us much, because we are still up there among the leading teams.

"It would be nice to be back on top by the end of the first round to prove those who think we are mere pretenders wrong.

"We need a good result against Dolphins to avoid falling further down the table.

"Dolphins are a good side, but our games against them have always been close and this one would not be different.

"They would be determined to follow up their draw at El-Kanemi with a win, but we also have plans of our own," he told

Akwa United have picked up two points from a possible 15 on the road this season.

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