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NPFL champions, Akwa United sack 11 players, headhunt replacements

Newly crowned Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Akwa United have terminated the contracts of 11 players and have asked them to go find clubs to play for.

The players are Ikechukwu Nwani, Etim Matthew, Bassey Akpan, David Essien, Inemesit Sunday, Sadiq Abass, Kojo Dadzie, Eko Barine, Ekemini Ukoebe, Hamisu Saleh and Aliyu Abubakar.

In the same vein, the coach, Kennedy Boboye has said the Promise Keepers are seeking to sign new players ahead of their maiden participation in the CAF Champions League and the upcoming NPFL season in a chat with journalists shortly after the first training session of the team at the West Itam Sports Centre

Boboye said the plan was to reinforce the team ahead of the CAF Champions League preliminary round clash next month which Akwa United was drawn against Algerian side, CR Belouizdad. According to him, the team is still negotiating with other players to join in time for proper preparation and training for the continental assignment.

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Meanwhile, James Ajako officially joined the champions from relegated Jigawa Golden Stars on a two-year deal. The left-back is expected to help fortify the defence of the Promise Keepers going into the continent.

Dakkada midfield maestro, Isaac George and teammate, Austin Osayande have also crossed to Akwa United.

Others that have joined so far are Etop Udoh from Saudi side Arar FC, Evans Ogbonda from FC Ifeanyi Ubah as well as Dennis Nya who was on a loan deal to Plateau United, Aniefiok God’spower from Rangers International and Ezekiel Bassey from PetroJet SC of Egypt all joined the training session.

Akwa United won their maiden NPFL title last season following a 5-2 home win against MFM and eventually finished the season with 71 points.

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