Jinx Broken: Ojo relishes Akwa Utd progress


Olorunleke Ojo

Akwa United goalkeeper, Ojo Olorunleke is quite excited his side progressed to the final round of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers.

Akwa United knocked out Al-Ittihad from Libya at the Nest of Champions, Uyo on Sunday 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate score over two fixtures.

Al-Ittihad won the first leg 1-0 in Tunis while Akwa United through Aniekeme Asuquo 46th minute goal defeated their visitors 1-0 and leveled the aggregate score at 1-1.

Ojo became the hero for his team as he saved three penalties, denying Elsawi Elsalami, Mansour Faisal and Abdulaziz Belraysh.

“I am happy, the entire team is excited we’ve progress to the next round of this competition. It was a tough game and absolutely a difficult task to achieve.

“We were able to sail through due to the hard work we put into this tie. It was a collective effort, at that moment it was expected of me to play a big role and help the team,” an elated Olorunleke Ojo said to Naijafootballplus.com.

Akwa United for the first time in three matches secured a home win in the CAF competition, the former Giwa FC goalkeeper is delighted the jinx has been broken.

“I am happy we achieved two things on the day, first we progress to the second round and the second part was our home history on the continent. We looked at the previous two home defeats especially the defeat to Hawks FC and we worked so hard to break the jinx.

“The game came with pressure and history hung over us, we learnt hard lessons with the home losses and we ensurde it’s time to earn back the respect from our home fans.

“Kudos to our fans for their patience and amazing support, even when the scores was goalless they stood by us and gingered the team. We are delighted the jinx has been broken, we’ll continue to flourish in our home matches and put all concentration into the matches,” said Ojo.

Akwa United will wait until Friday for the CAF draws in Kano before they know their next opponent in the playoff round of the CAF Confederation Cup. The Promise Keepers will face one of the 16 teams that dropped from the CAF Champions League.

“We are looking forward to the next game, the next challenge will be more interesting. This is the most difficult stage and we are just few steps away from the group stage. We have our target for this tournament and we are optimistic of achieving it, it won’t come cheap for us but we are ready to fight,” Ojo added.

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