El-Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri goalkeeper Itodo Akor has told www.aclsports.com that his target for this season’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is to keep thirteen clean sheets.
The goalkeeper who was instrumental to his team’s shock 1-0 win away to Akwa United on Match Day One was one of the top goalkeepers in the league last season, keeping a total of eight clean sheets for Yobe Desert Stars as at the time the league was called off after Match Day 24.
“Last season I had a lot of clean sheets and before Sunday’s game, my wife called me and asked what my target was. I told her all I needed was thirteen clean sheets and achieving the target has just started,” Akor told www.aclsports.com
The Benue born goalkeeper made a number of good saves in Sunday’s game to deny Akwa United stars Michael Ibe and Mfon Udoh especially. Akor joined El-Kanemi before the start of the new season from neighbours Yobe Desert Stars, alongside his coach Mohammed BabaGanaru.
Itodo describes the feeling of returning to El-Kanemi Warriors and says it is just sweeter that they are starting with a victory on the road.
“Funny enough, I was one of the players that promoted this team (El-Kanemi) to the Premier League before I left for Rangers (in 2014) so (coming) back to El-Kanemi it is just like a family and a home to me.
“The return is the more sweeter with this win against a very good team away from home,” he added.
El-Kanemi will face Kano Pillars in their second Group A game in Maiduguri on Wednesday. While the Warriors enjoyed a narrow win on the road, Pillars also endured a 1-0 win over Heartland at the Sani Abacha Stadium.