Ali Zubair claimed the “better team lost” after Ubong Friday’s well taken penalty kick at Godswill Akpabio Stadium gave Akwa United a 1-0 victory over Gombe United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) week three on Wednesday.

The visitors had chances to win the contest but spurned them at the Nest of Champions.

Zubair was pleased with his Gombe United side despite the defeat but admitted there is room for improvement.

“To me the better side lost, my boys played played well; they controlled the game and were unlucky not to come out at least with a point.”

A couple of players left the club after gaining promotion from the Nigeria National League (NNL) to NPFL.

“As you can see 90% of my players are very young and were from the NNL and who are doing well. The league has just started, we’ll keep our fingers crossed,” he remarked.

“I don’t depend on certain players, even if the whole first eleven leave, the rest will take over. That’s my philosophy.”

“We’re going back home and get ready for Lobi Stars. It’s another tough fixture but I believe in my boys; the confidence is there, the spirit is there, we will be battle ready.”

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