Akwa United manager Maurice Cooreman is looking to improve on his record when he leads the club to the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup starting this month.
Cooreman was appointed as Zakary Baraje’s replacement last December and he will lead the Promise Keepers to their maiden appearance in Africa’s second tier club competition, just like he did with Kaduna United in 2011.
The 72-year old won the Federation’s Cup with Kaduna United in 2010 and led them to the continent the following year, as they scaled the preliminaries and made the group stages, where they were eventually eliminated after finishing bottom of their group.
Speaking ahead of the competition, Cooreman says he hopes his team can at least get to the knockout stage this time.
“I have the experience of playing in the CAF Confederation Cup with Kaduna United in 2011 and I hope I can do better than that here,” Cooreman told Goal.
“We didn’t go beyond the group stages then but I hope Akwa United can do that and get to the knockout stages.
“It is not going to be an easy task because a lot of the teams in Africa are tougher now but I have the experience and I believe it will count,” he added.
Akwa won the 2015 Federation Cup, hence their maiden participation on the continent and they are currently involved in the Super 4 pre-season tournament at their home ground in Uyo.


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