NPFL: Ibukun Harrison weary of El Kanemi threat

Akwa United have their eyes set for victory when they battle the Borno Army on Sunday in the Nigeria professional football league match-day 23 at the Akwa Ibom Stadium, Uyo.

NPFL: Ibukun Harrison weary of El Kanemi threat
Akwa United's Central defender Ibukun Harrison

Akwa United’s Ibukun Harrison says his side is weary of the threat posed by El Kanemi Warriors when both sides meet in Sunday’s clash in week 23 of the Nigeria professional football league at the Akwa Ibom Stadium, Uyo.

The powerful central defender told Vavel Nigeria that the Uyo based side has left nothing unturned to make sure that they record all three points in front of their teeming home fans.

“We will respect El Kanemi but not too much because our focus is winning the match at home as our ambition this season is finishing in the continental zone” Harrison told Vavel Nigeria.

Akwa United fluffed their chance of playing in the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup when they were eliminated in the preliminary round by Vita Club Mokanda 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate score line over two legs.

However, Akwa United will have to rely on the experience and versatility of Ibukun Harrison most especially at the back if they hope to keep a clean sheet.  The Uyo based side have won eight games and lost same number in a season that has turned bitter-sweet.

Akwa had started the season well under Belgian tactician Maurice Cooreman but poor result in the first half of the season has seen the fortunes of the side change – a situation that led to his suspension back in April.

Hopefully, they can salvage what is to remain of their campaign in the second half and that tough task starts on Sunday when they host the Borno Army.

“We want to put everything in this game and make sure that we return back to the continent and we have prepared for nothing less than victory tomorrow” Harrison concluded.

Akwa United forced Ikorodu United to a 1-1 draw last weekend at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos. The result was seen as a decent one but in a game where the home team has been largely disappointing and languishing in 19th position,

Akwa should have left Lagos with the full three points at stake. However, El Kanemi will even pose a much bigger threat and it remains to be seen if the Promise Keepers can redeem themselves in front of the vociferous Uyo fans.