Two first half goals from midfielder Cyril Olisema, striker Christian Pyagbara and a second half goal by substitute Moses Ebiye was all Akwa United needed to beat NNL club Spartans FC of Lagos in a pre-season friendly yesterday at the training pitch of the Akwa Ibom International stadium, Uyo.
The match which ended 3-1 in favour of Akwa United saw Michael Karumo scoring the consolation goal for the visiting Spartans FC.
Akwa united made their intention known from the blast of the whistle with some brilliant play in the midfield and in the 25 minutes of play, Cyril Olisema was brought down in the box, the midfielder gave Akwa United the lead from the resultant penalty kick.
The visitors came out of their shells and pushed forward in search of an equalizer but they were quickly caught on the counter attack as Aremu Afeez set up Christian Pyagbara who doubled the lead for the promise keepers
and they went into the break with a two goal lead.
Coach Abdul Maikaba made some changes to his squad in the second half but it was the visitors who pulled a goal back through Micheal Karumo from the penalty spot in the 75′ minutes.
Akwa United’s substitute Moses Ebiye put the contest beyond Spartans FC five minutes from time as Akwa United recorded a resounding 3-1 win over the NNL side from Lagos.
Speaking after the match Coach of Akwa United Abdul Maikaba rated his team’s performance average and stressed that a lot still needed to be done ahead of the new season.
“This is our first match after the Christmas break and we still need to play another friendly to really assess our players”.
He further said ” the most important thing is that all our players are fully fit and we know before the start of the league that we will do the little that is remaining to have a strong compact team”
The friendly was Akwa United’s first pre-season game since they return from Christmas break and the team will play another preseason friendly on Saturday in Calabar against a yet to be named club.
Akwa United will open their 2016/2017 NPFL season against ABS of Ilorin on January 15, 2017.
Akwa XI: Kayode, Ofem, Lawal, Aremu, Igudia, Semiu, Friday, Olisema, Pyagbara, Muazam, Babangida.
Spartan FC XI: Lion, Ayo, Abidal, Dare, Abe, Dalobo, Maija, Ojiji, Michael, Sunday, Bave.