Protesting Akwa Utd Fans Seek Boboye Sack After Home Draw With Sunshine Stars

Protesting Akwa Utd Fans Seek Boboye Sack After Home Draw With Sunshine Stars

Iniobong Sunday, Uyo

Angry fans of Akwa United Football Club of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, were at the weekend restrained by security officials from attacking the Head Coach, Kennedy Boboye, soon after the centre referee, Ahmed Rabiu, from Kano state blew the final whistle, signalling the end of the week eight encounter with Sunshine Stars of Akure, which ended in a barren draw at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium (Nest of Champions) on Sunday.

With only 11 points from eight matches, the reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions failed to give the anxious fans something to cheer, as the Akure Stars punctured all attempts at goal, forcing angry verbal missiles against Boboye.

“It is time for Boboye to go”, Effiong Bassey, who was prevented from invading the pitch to attack the coach, roared.

“We will beat him today”, “Boboye must go”, “It is time for him to leave Akwa United”, several other fans, restrained by security officials thundered from the terrace.

“How can a coach desirous of winning a crucial home game failed to show any sort of enthusiasm by gingering the players and dishing out instruction from the sideline?

“But in this case, Boboye just sat down and was fiddling his phone as the game was still on, while his opponent, the Head Coach of Sunshine Stars, Deji Ayeni, was running and dishing out instructions, motivating his players to do more; I thinks it is time for him to go”, a senior management official of Akwa United, who would not want his name in print told Newsmen”.

However, at the post-match interview, Boboye escaped, leaving his assistant, Abdullahi Umar, to address Journalists, who pleaded with the home fans to suppress their emotions as the coaching crew was still trying to re-jig the squad with the arrival of new players.

The highly elated Ayeni, was full of praises for his boys for what he called proper interpretation and implementation of his tactical approach to the game on the field of play.

“The away draw is good for us; the boys were good and the tactical formation was followed. We studied the style of play of our opponent and we approach every game as they come. We don’t believe in big name players.

“When I took over, I sat down with the management and told them what I wanted and I was given the free hand to recruit boys from lower leagues and groom them”, the former Ekiti United manager recalled.


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