One of Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation, Akwa United Football Club of Uyo, has signed 16 new players to strengthen its squad for the next football season.
The players, who were unveiled on Saturday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, consist of youths and experienced footballers including a winger, Etboy Akpan, signed from a Slovenian club; and 15 others from Premier League clubs and academies in Nigeria.
The players include Ubong Essien (Wellcome Time Academy Kano); Emmanuel Charles (Akwa Starlet); Daniel Ekpo (Rivers United); Kenneth James (El Kanemi Warriors); Aminu Nuhu (Adamawa United); Aniekeme Asuquo (Akwa Starlet); Katoh Haggai (GBS Academy, Jos)
Others are 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).
The Club Chairman, Etubom Paul Bassey, who expressed joy during the unveiling, said the club was able to retain the bulk of its old players, explaining that the new signing was to boost the team following its continental engagement and injuries to some of the old players.
Bassey praised the support of the state government, fans and the media, assuring all that the club would work hard to improve upon its performance in the previous league season and continental outing.