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CAFCL: Boboye bemoans lack of strikers ahead CR Belouizdad 2nd leg clash

Akwa United coach, Kennedy Boboye has bemoaned the absence of a quality strike force ahead of their second leg CAF Champions League clash with CR Belouizdad.

The league champions pipped the Algerian side 1-0 in Uyo on Sunday to begin their campaign on a winning note.

Friday Ubong’s 88th-minute effort inspired Kennedy Boboye’s Promise Keepers past the North Africans in the keenly contested preliminary round affair at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

Boboye stated this in a post-match conference said he will approach the second leg with a different formation.

“We will go there with a different formation. What we need is an attacker who can hold the ball. If we can’t score, let’s try to keep the one we have. We haven’t gotten the qualities needed upfront. If we play to instruction and the formation to be used, the team should perform well.

“This is what we have gotten. Most of these players we tried to get didn’t come. We can’t stop players from travelling. It’s unfortunate that we started the tournament very early. We haven’t been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before.

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“The Algerian side are highly technical. They have been in this tournament for three to four times. You can’t take it away from them. This is our first time in the Champions League. There is no how we would have gotten what we wanted in a space of four weeks. The Algerians have been together for four years,” he said.

The second leg will take place on Sunday 19th September at the Stade Omar Hamadi in Algeria.

Meanwhile, the chief coach of CR Belouizdad, Karim Bekhti has vowed to crush Akwa United when both teams clash again this weekend.

Karim strongly affirmed that his team has a better chance to easily cancel the one goal deficit and punish the Nigerian side in Algeria.

“The team played better in the first half and looked tired at the second stanza, ” Bekhti said.

“On the whole, we have learnt our lesson. The return leg should be in our favour. We will do everything possible to win,” he added.

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