By UWEM EKOH
Akwa United FC will this week officially present Audu Maikaba to its fans and supporters as they club’s new coach even after they have resumed pre-season training last Saturday in their stated ambition for a top finish in the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football season.
The club is reported to have retained about 70 percent of their players from last season and all members of the management board were in attendance to show solidarity.
Club chairman, Etubom Paul Bassey, told the players that with the commencement of training, the season is assumed to have started in earnest and advised them to take training seriously in order to make impact in the league.
Bassey had, last week, presented the former Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, Audu Maikaba, to the management board, announcing that the coach had agreed to join the team for the coming football season.
Explaining the choice of Maikaba, he enthused that he has the pedigree to win the league for Akwa United and would give the players sound training by virtue of his technical prowess.
It will be recalled that Maikaba led Wikki Tourists to finish fourth two seasons back and took Wikki Tourists to the continent at the end of last season.
In his response, Coach Maikaba said he is excited to work with Akwa United because of the facilities at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, “The Nest of Champions,” adding that Akwa Ibom has a good working environment.