Matthew Etim has expressed his delight after marking his return to the Akwa United team following illness with an assist in the The Promise Keepers’ win over Kada City.
The 29-year-old right-back missed Akwa United’s opening seven league games of the season, having fell sick with typhoid fever just before the start of the season.
But was back in action on Monday, playing the entirety of the game despite only returning to training late last week — as the Uyo club thumped Kada City 4-0 at the Nest of Champions to move up to fourth place in Group B.
Etim capped his return with an assist. Despite losing his footing after latching onto a through ball, the Nigeria international sent a low cross to Ndifreke Effiong, who poked home for Akwa’s second goal.
The defender said he was delighted with his return to action, as well as his performance during the league game, which saw Akwa United claim a third straight win through a double from Ndifreke Effiong and strikes from Mfon Udoh and substitute Wisdom Fernando.
“I’m happy to be back [to action]. I’m happy to mark my return with an assist, and I’m ready to do more to help the team achieve the target that was set at the beginning of the season,” Etim told 234football.
“I would say today’s game was special because we recorded our biggest win [of the season].”