Hawks FC coach Amsumana Fatty says his side will be aiming to pick at least a point in Sunday’s Confederation Cup fixture with Akwa United.
Hawks are up against Nigerian opposition for the second time, having played Dolphins (now Rivers United) in the Confederation cup round of 32 in 2007. The Gambians held Dolphins to a goalless draw at home before losing 3-2 in Port Harcourt.
Fatty believes the ‘experience’ from the trip nine years ago would be useful on Sunday.
“This is not our first experience coming to Nigeria. Back then (2007), I was an assistant coach. So, we have have a bit of experience [playing against a Nigerian team].”
Fatty acknowledged Akwa’s recent form, which has seen them go top of the Nigeria league table.
He said: “With their position on the Nigeria league table, one has to respect them. But it’s going to be 11 against 11.
The coach also admitted that some of his players lack continental experience, but insisted they would put up a good performance.
“We have very young players and some of them are inexperienced, but we will showcase our football to the best of our ability.
” We’re coming to pick a point or win and then take the game to Gambia, and the team is spiritually, mentally, physically and tactically ready for that.”
By Mfoniso Williams