By Kayode Ogundare:
Nigerian-born Primeiro de Agosto of Angola’s midfield dynamo Ibukun Akinfenwa has blamed his side’s 1-0 loss to Kampala Capital City Authority FC of Uganda in last Friday’s first leg preliminary round of the CAF Champions League at the Phillip Omondi Stadium in Kampala on the unfamiliar astro-turf pitch which hampered his team’s usual free-flowing style of football, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
A Geoffrey Serunkuuma second half strike was all KCCA FC needed as they earned an important home tie win after the visitors had frustrated many of their endless attacks in search of the crucial opening goal.
Akinfenwa believes Primeiro were the better side and would have easily won the game were it to be played on the more familiar grass pitch.
“Sometimes the best team loses and this is not as if I’m searching for an excuse. We played a good game in Kampala and I’m proud of the effort put in by my teammates. But the artificial pitch did not help matters because we are not used to it,” the Primeiro fans’ favourite said.
Notwithstanding the setback, Akinfenwa is optimistic that the Angolan champions will overturn the deficit in the return leg billed to take place on February 19, 2017 at the 11 de Novembro National Stadium in Luanda.
Akinfenwa said: “The good thing is that even though we lost the battle in Kampala, we are confident of winning the war in Luanda next week. KCCA FC will come for the second leg and there won’t be anything to complain again in front of our own fans on our own pitch.”
To ensure maximum support for Primeiro, a report on the club’s website is urging all the fans to come out in their large numbers and cheer the Angolan military team to victory.
“We count on the massive support of our faithful and fervent adherents and of the whole Angolan nation, to push D'Agosto to victory in our stronghold,” the report read in part.