Nigeria Professional Football Club, Akwa United have officially unveiled 12 new players and 2 coaches for the 2018/2019 NPFL season which is set to kick off next weekend.
The unveiling ceremony which took place at the Godswill Apkabio International Stadium, Uyo, presented the new players to the media community, fans, supporters and stakeholders of the club on Friday.
Players recruited by the two-time Nigeria Federation Cup Champions are; Super Eagles striker and record scorer for most goals in a single NPFL season, Mfon Udoh; Super Eagles defender and 2013 AFCON winner, Juwon Oshaniwa; Brazilian midfielder and 2016 Federation Cup winner, Alberico Barbosa Da Silva; three-time Nigerian league winner and former Nigeria international, Markson Ojobo; Home-based Super Eagles defender, Emeka Atuloma and National U-23 striker, Ndifreke Effiong.
Others include; Cameroonian international goalkeeper, Jean Efala; Ivoirien central defender, Blaise Adou; 2016 NPFL winner, Ocheme Edoh; 2016 Federation Cup winner, Wilson Elu and two former Golden Eaglets players Wisdom Fernando and Samuel Akpan, who both played for Akwa Starlets last season in the Nigeria National League NNL.
The Promise Keepers also unveiled two new assistant coaches, Brazilian coach and Match Reader, Israel Jose Lira and Former Coach of Cofine FC Daniel Japhet.
At the event, Chairman of Akwa United, Elder Paul Bassey expressed satisfaction at the quality of players the club has signed and stressed that the players were contracted on merit.
“Today, we see the return of Akwa Ibom indigenes, not because they are from the state, but because they are some of the good players this country can offer,” Bassey said.
“In order to start well, we have decided to add those we consider to be some very good players that will help us realise our dream.
“At this point, I want to say a very big thank you to Akwa Ibom State Government, fans, supporters, media community and sports stakeholders in the state,” he concluded.
Speaking immediately after the unveiling, NPFL record scorer, Mfon Udoh told Platinum NG that he is delighted to join a top ambitious team like Akwa United and assured that he will contribute to the success of the club in all competitions.
“I want to say that I am delighted to join a big team like Akwa United. This is a team that has won two Federation Cup titles in three years and has also played on the continent, so I am glad to return home and be part of this great club.
“I have confidence in the quality of players in this team, they are some of the very best in the NPFL and we have a young coach who is ambitious too, so we have come to Akwa United to win trophies. We are ready to give our all and help the team to achieve its set goals,” the striker said.
Also speaking during the unveiling, former coach of Coffine FC, Coach Daniel Japhet said he is delighted to join Akwa United.
“I am delighted to join this team. It is a big stage in my managerial career, coming from Coffine to Akwa is a huge step, but whom much is given, much is expected.” Japhet enthused.
Platinum NG had earlier reported on the unveiling and also the presentation of club’s official anthem to the fans.
The Promise Keepers have renewed the contract of 23 players and have registered 35 players for the 2019 NPFL season.
Akwa United will kick start their 2019 NPFL season campaign with a home game against El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri on Sunday 13th January, 2019.
Below are the registered players for the 2019 football season:
Ojo Olorunleke, Emmanuel Iwu. Jean Efala.
Otobong Effiong, Etim Mathew, Denis Nya, Jamiu alimi, Kodjovi Dadzie, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godspower Igudia, Samuel Akpan, Daniel, Adou Blaise, Chigozie Chilekwu, Emeka Atuloma.
Ubong Friday, Alberico Da Silva, Wilson Elu, Ocheme Edoh, Markson Ojobo, Michael Ibe, Cyril olisema, Daniel Ekpo, Etboy Akpan, Aniekeme Asuquo, Emmanuel Charles, Ubong Essien, Emmanson, Ubong Idio, Christopher Lolo
Mfon Udoh, Ezekiel Bassey, Obata Paul, Wisdom Fernando, Ndifreke Effiong, Barnabas Imenger