Kennedy Boboye’s Promise Keepers launched their continental campaign on a winning note against the reigning Algerian champions
Akwa United beat CR Belouizdad 1-0 in Uyo on Sunday to start their Caf Champions League campaign on a winning note.
Ubong’s 88th minute effort inspires Kennedy Boboye’s Promise Keepers past the North Africans in the highly controversial pre-round event at Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
After winning the Nigeria Professional Football League in the 2020-21 season, Akwa deserves one of the tickets to represent the West African country in Africa’s elite club competition.
They did not disappoint as they pinned their determined visitors in the first leg at home.
Undefeated in their last seven matches in all competitions, the reigning kings of Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 traveled to Uyo with the ambition of extending their good race against Boboye’s team.
Despite the hard work, they returned home with their heads down, while the hosts won with two minutes left.
Even during this defeat, Zoran Manojlovic’s Great Chabab would hope to turn things around in the second leg that took place on September 19 at the Omar Hamadi Stadium in Algiers.
In a chat with Purpose After the match, the former youth international in Nigeria and Boboye, the Akwa United manager, remain optimistic about his team’s chances of progressing despite the small margin of victory.
“It was a very difficult meeting, and I’m glad we did the job in the last minutes,” he said. Purpose.
‘We prepared well for CR Belouizdad and my boys put in an excellent performance, but we could not score more than one goal, which would have made the second leg easier.
‘The preparations will start immediately because a difficult match in Algeria awaits us, and we will all choose a ticket for the next round anyway.
Akwa United were crowned as Nigerian champions following their 5-2 win over MFM on 1 August.
It was their first crown in their 25-year history, and it is added to their trophy cabinet with two FA Cups (2015 and 2017) and the Nigerian Super Cup (2016).
CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS
Fasil Ketema 2-2 Al Hilal
Mogadishu City 0-0 APR
Akwa United 1-0 CR Belouizdad
KMKM 0-2 Al Ittihad
Young Africans 0-1 Rivers United
Akonangui 0-2 Zanaco
Fovu Baham 2-2 Petro Atletico
LPRC Oiler 3-0 Kara