Akwa United head coach, Mr. Kennedy Boboye is optimistic that his team has garnered much experience to record victory against Algerian Champions, CR Belouizdad in the first leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round match.
The match is taking place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo Sunday, September 12.
Coach Boboye who bared his mind in an interview with sports journalists expressed the confidence that his team will go for total victory against the Algerian Champions.
The gaffer maintained that the team will not leave anything to chance because given the importance of the game and the exposure the competition will bring.
The coach assured that Akwa United have quality players with champions league experience having previously played at this level of football.
The Promise Keepers’ will be competing in Africa’s premier club competition for the first time in their twenty-five-year history after emerging Champions at the just concluded 2020/2021 NPFL season.
Sunday’s clash against the Algerian Champions will not be Akwa United’s first outing at the continental level, having previously featured in CAF second-tier competition; CAF Confederations Cup in 2016 and 2018, when they won the Nigerian Federation Cup in 2015 and 2017 season respectively.
Akwa United have played eight matches at the continental level in two appearances in the CAF Confederations Cup, recording four wins and four losses.
They have beaten two North African opponents at the Nest of Champions.
A 1-0 win over Al-Ittihad of Libya and a 3-1 victory over Al Hilal of Sudan all in 2018.
The Promise Keepers however lost at home to Vita Club of Congo in 2016 and also suffered a 1-2 defeat in the hands of Hawks of Gambia.
Away from home, Akwa United have also won two and lost two of their four games on the road.
A 0-1 win over Vita Club Mokanda in 2016 and a 0-2 victory of Hawks of the Gambia in Banjul.
They lost 1-0 to Al-Ittihad of Libya and also suffered a 2-0 defeat to Al Hilal of Sudan in 2018.
The Nigerian champions, Akwa United have veterans in their ranks such as one-time CAF Champions League top scorer Mfon Udoh, Sampson Gbadebo, Godspower Tower, Dare Ojo, WasiuAlalade, Denis Nya, and Akarandut Orok who have lots of Champions league experience.