Head coach of Akwa United, Ayodeji Ayeni has admitted that mistakes made by his men cost them the game in the NPFL season opener against Bendel Insurance on Sunday night.
Ayeni lamented that the Promise Keepers lacked coordination in the first half as they conceeded two goals before the break.
The two first-half goals were registered by Imade Osehenkhoe and Ismail Sarki to pick up the three points for newly promoted Insurance.
‘’In the first half we were not coordinated, we were tensed, and my players were nervous and at some point, they were anxious to get things done in a hurry, Ayeni said in a post-match press conference.
"It’s unfortunate that we made two mistakes and paid dearly for them because the mistakes cost us all three points."
Continuing, he added: "Football is a game of three results; win, lose or draw.
"Today we lost, and as a coach, it is a painful defeat for me, especially being our first home game of the season.
"We went into the game with lots of hope and there were lots of expectations, but it ended in favour of the visitors.
"Losing today is not the end, the most important thing is how we will respond and I believe we will bounce back in a bigger way.”