Akwa United defender Samson Gbadebo has claimed that Gombe United were ‘very tough’ opponents in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) week three on Wednesday.

The Promise Keepers scored an 80th minute spot kick from Ubong Friday to claim three points in a 1-0 win.

But the defender has admitted that the newly-promoted side gave his team a run for their money.

“It was a very tough, intense match, in which both teams gave it everything and both had chances,” he told Futbalgalore.com.ng.

“It was good we picked up the three points. We were very determined to make our fans happy.

“I feel we tried our best and can continue to improve,” the former Rivers United central defender added.

Meanwhile, Gbadebo was a late substitute in the tough game at the Nest of Champions.

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