Goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo has issued an apology for his 94th-minute clanger which cost Akwa United the game against Elkanemi Warriors.
The shot-stopper attempted to launch a last-minute attack in Sunday’s opening- day fixture but his move ended in disaster, as he was dispossessed in the centre circle and the ball slipped to Ba’akaka Azikoro, who fired into an empty net from distance.
Playing at home, The Promise Keepers were favoured to get an easy win in the season’s opening match. However, things didn’t turn out as expected. Despite having their big-name signings on the pitch — including Mfon Udoh, Ndifreke Effiong and Juwon Oshaniwa — Rafael Everton’s side struggled to create chances.
Twice in the first half, Elkanemi went close to breaking the deadlock. Ojo dived to keep out Sunday Anthony’s long-range shot and Anthony Yeful saw his brilliant header comeback off the upright.
The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw but with less than 20 seconds left, Ojo gifted the visitors a chance to grab all three points. Azikoro curled in to break the hearts of Akwa United faithful.
The howler triggered emotional scenes, and after the game, the no.1 was consoled by team-mates.
Following an avalanche of criticism, Ojo has broken his silence over the matter and apologized to everyone who was hurt by the mistake.
“Yeah I Accepted My Mistake And Take It In Good Faith, I’ve Also Learned My Lesson No Matter What Is Said About Me. My Intention Was On a Positive Mission Before The Unfortunate Happened. But Can I Blame God For This? Absolutely NO. So, I Sincerely Apologise To All That This Must Had Affected In Any Ways. Yesterday Is Gone, Yes Is Gone And Gone For Good, The Light Ahead Is Gonna Shine Brighter…Once Again, I Am SORRY!!! God Bless Us All…WEAREUTD,” the Kabba-born goalkeeper wrote on Facebook.
“#IREMAINFEARLESS And #IHAVEDOMINION!!!,” he concluded.