By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
“Though Al Hilal of Sudan has many years experience in football over Akwa United FC of Uyo but we will surely humble them to a defeat in the return leg play off,” Abdul Maikaba has boasted.
Maikaba who is the Technical Adviser while speaking with reporters in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital expressed no fear, saying in football, nothing is impossible.
Boasting a 2-0 advantage in the first leg, the Nigerian Aiteo Cup Champions must score three unreplied goals to move into the lucrative money spinning stage
“We respect the Sudanese, they were established over 88 years ago and are perennial CAF Champions league Campaigners yet in Uyo, we are sure they will meet their waterloo.
“In football, nothing is impossible”. I don’t have to go too far back in history. Ask Barcelona, ask Real Madrid. On both occasions, the underdogs held sway”, Maikaba said.
A 33 man strong Al Hilal of Sudan delegation comprising 22 players and 11 officials are expected to arrive Lagos on Sunday April 15 for the crucial return leg play off of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Though CAF regulations stipulate a squad of 25 with 18 players and 7 officials, the Sudanese Champions are not leaving anything to chance for the match that will determine who goes ahead to the Group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.
An advance party led by Mr. Hassan Taha arrived Uyo today to make hotel reservations and other logistics. The match is scheduled for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium for Wednesday, April 18 2018 by 4:00 p.m