Akwa United beats Al Ittihad, qualify for CAF


Akwa United FC of Uyo on Sunday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, qualified for round of 16 in the CAF Confederation Cup by beating Al Ittihad of Libya.

Aiteo Cup winners prevailed 4-3 on aggregate over the Tripoli-based team.

The host who lost by a lone goal to Al Ittihad of Libya at the Alteeb Almharea Stadium, Sfax, Tunisia defeated the visitors by a lone goal through Aniekeme Asuquo in the 46th minute.

The winner in the game was settled through penalties after the match ended 1-1 on aggregate.

Ojo Olorunleke, in goal for Akwa United, stopped three penalties out of five taken by the visitors.

The home team converted three penalties from four attempts against the visitors.

Al Ittihad had a man sent off in the second half after its players manhandled match officials while protesting a goal disallowed by the centre referee.

The Promise Keepers had earlier in the preliminary stage of the competition beaten the Banjul Hawks 2-0 in Gambia to progress on 3-2 aggregate after a 1-2 home defeat to face Al Ittihad.

The Club’s Chairman, Etubom Paul Bassey, said that the club’s feat was a fitting present to the home fans’ and club sponsors ahead of Easter celebrations.

He also said that with the win the Promise Keepers had won a home game in the competition for the first time after two previous attempts.



NAN/ Jibril .O