Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has congratulated Akwa United Football Club for their historic and emphatic 5-2 victory over Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM) FC to be crowned Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions for the first time in 25 years.
The Governor who watched the game at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium (Nest of Champions) on Sunday, amidst jubilating spectators, singing and hailing their teams, acknowledged God’s mercies upon the team to emerge league leaders after a scintillating performance at home.
Governor expressed his appreciation to God for granting the team victory, commended the players and management team for making the state proud. He also commended the people of the state for believing and supporting them to victory.
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“I want to thank all Akwa Ibomites both home and at the diaspora, for their support and prayers today Akwa Ibomites wherever you are I am proud of you and I am also proud to be an Akwa Ibomite. I know you have said that never in history has a team from this entire region risen to win two FA cups, and a league trophy by one governor, how you can explain that? You know one thing sums it all only God!,’’ he said.
He stated that his vision for the team is to conquer Africa at the Continental League games, and promised to give the team the necessary support to feature at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League, maintaining that the team has not only brought laurels to the state, but has been a good investment yielding returns.
The governor who described football as a sub-sector of economic development, thanked Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL and Nigeria Football Federation NFF for managing sports sector in the country. He re-echoed his commitment towards sport development in the state, noting that youths will be empowered through sports which has been one of the target of his completion agenda.