Akio Releases Statement Following Goal-Line Gaff
Update: He’s now posted a YouTube Analysis of the incident, explaining what happened and how things have been since.
Valour FC striker William Akio has released a statement following his goal-line miss that now finds itself having cracked over nine million views after going viral.
The clip has become Onesoccer’s most-shared video.
While negative comments have poured in en masse, the South Sudanese international has received plenty of backing and support from his team captain, squadmates, and Valour FC fans, too.
The 23-year-old took to social media to address the many questions that had been pitched his way following the incident.
“I want to start off by saying I’m happy for the three points and our teams resilience last night,” opened Akio. “I really just missed a wide open net. It’s simple as that. Everyone makes mistakes on the job, it’s part of life. I will bounce back as I always have in life and football.”
Despite how things looked in the miss, Akio is actually the club’s second all-time top goalscorer behind Moses Dyer, who eventually bagged the team a win with a well-placed goal later on.
Akio and Dyer had combined for seventeen goals last season, and have produced seven goals between them in Valour’s thirteen league matches this year.
The viral striker went on to put forth a bit of positive philosophy on the matter, showing that he hasn’t let the incident get to him.
“Sometimes, we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths. Football has its ups and downs, but you can’t let the negative times consume you. Always keep it moving and believe in yourself no matter what.”
While Akio may have to live on with having struck one of the worst misses in football history, there appear to be brighter pastures ahead the South Sudanese international: he’s rumoured to be a target for Scottish Premiership side Ross County, who recently signed his younger brother.
Did he have money on them losing the game?
I’m not convinced it is a miss as such. To be honest, I think Akio lost concentration for a moment and forgot he was attacking and in that split second saved the goal. Why else would he strike the ball with his right foot? He won’t be the first player who has done that.
Jon, Jon, Jon. no-no-no. He celebrated by kicking the ball away only to realise it had no crossed the line. It is a miss as he could still have poked the ball fully over the goal line. Yes Jon, he is the first televised player to do that. Patronising enough for you?