Akwa United FC of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has signed 16 new players to enhance its chances in next football season starting this weekend.
The Akwa Ibom football team is one of Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup and the new players were unveiled on Saturday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
The club is now a mixture of youth and experienced players including a winger, Etboy Akpan signed from a Slovenian club and 15 others signed from Premier League clubs and academies in Nigeria.
They include Ubong Essien (We’ll come Time Academy Kano) Emmanuel Charles (Akwa Starlet), Daniel Ekpo (Rivers United), Kenneth James (Elkanemi Warriors), Aminu Nuhu (Adamawa United) Aniekeme Asuquo (Akwa Starlet) Katoh Haggai (GBS Academy Jos) Others include Gabriel Wassa (Rivers United) Yenne Tenton (GBS Academy) Kelly Kester (Enyimba). Victor Mbaoma (Remo Stars) Ajibola Otegbeye (Sunshine Stars) Adeshina Gata (ABS), Dennis Nya (Lobi Stars) and Etim Matthew (Enugu Rangers).
Club Chairman Etubom Paul Bassey at the ceremony expressed joy that the club was able to retain the bulk of its old players stressing that the new signings was to strengthen the team due to its continental engagement and injuries to some of the old players.
“We are ready for the new season and I want to assure our fans that by the grace of God who we have made the foundation of this club, we will turn our home ground, the Godswill Akpabio Stadium into a slaughter house for visiting teams.
Head Coach, Abdul Maikaba said some of the players were given long term contracts in order to bring stability and instill confidence in the minds of the players.
Akwa United who won the Nigeria’s Federation Cup will start its new season at home against former champions Enugu Rangers this weekend and would compete in the preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup starting from next month.