Rain, rain please go away for Akinade


PETALING JAYA: Every single day, Kelantan United striker Ismaheel Akinade wishes that the skies will become clear.

The East Coast is going through a torrid monsoon season, which has affected matches in Kota Baru, and the Nigerian is hoping that it won’t pour during their Super League game against Negri Sembilan at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium today.

Akinade, 29, said he is looking forward to a good game.

“The weather has been atrocious for the past few weeks. There has been thunder, lightning and heavy rain. All the pitches are waterlogged,” said the former Bohemians striker.

“Sometimes we train on artificial pitches, but even that’s waterlogged, that is how bad the rain is. We go to the gym to stay dry,” said Akinade, who is looking for his first win over Negri.

“I have had good games against them this season but I have yet to beat them.”

He has scored four goals in 14 matches in all competitions.

Akinade will be up against a centreback that has terrorised many attackers with his size and intelligence

“Herold Goulon is a strong defender. So I have to play off his shoulders and use my strengths as well, which are aerial duels and pace.

“Despite the poor season we are having, Kelantan United have been good towards me. I wish we could be in a better position in the league but that is football, it is a funny game.”

Kelantan are now in 12th position in the league.

Akinade will also be missing the services of his trusted attacking partner OJ Porteria, who has left the team move to Dewa United in Indonesia.

“If a player gets a better opportunity, we shouldn’t stop him.

“I do not know the full story behind his move but it is his decision and we have to respect that.

“He is a great player, technically gifted and I enjoyed every minute with him. I hope we meet again.

“We will just have to manage without him.”

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