Rivers United goalkeeper Abiodun Akande has disclosed to naijafootballplus.com that his team is capable of overcoming their bad patch in the Nigeria Professional Football League this season.
The Pride of Rivers enjoyed a good run of form last season which culminated in them finishing second to Rangers. They have not been able to replicate their last season form, stuck in relegation zone and out of CAF competitions.
Akande has quickly turned attention to the league and Federation Cup by urging his team-mates to take their remaining league matches as though their lives depended on it.
“We aren’t happy as we are out of the continental championship. We had no intention to be ousted so soon. We gave our best but losing at home to Club Africain dashed our hope of progressing but we must accept our fate”, Akande told naijafootballplus.
“We know we aren’t in a good position on the NPFL log and that’s not where we planned to be at the beginning of the season. We worked so hard to earn a place at the continental showpiece last season and that means we need to do more which we have started to do already.
“I think we just need to show more fighting spirit in our outstanding games starting from 2nd placed MFM FC on Wednesday. We can’t afford to drop any more points if we need to get our season back on track. We believe we can still get it right”, he added.
“I’m optimistic we will not remain in the relegation zone for long. With enough motivation, dedication, commitment and determination, we will come out of relegation places and it’s very possible we can return to the continent next season. We shall continue to give our best and come out stronger in the remaining games of the NPFL and hopefully we will turn things around.
“For our darling fans, we know we aren’t getting it right and I want to use this medium to plead with the condition of magnanimity to always stays behind us like they have always been doing and we shall deliver to them the positive and applaudable results in our subsequent games”, the former Sunshine Stars safe-hand concluded.