Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Akwa United have dropped nine players from the squad ahead of the 2018-2019 season set to kick off December 1.
Briefing the media on Friday, the chairman of the club, Paul Bassey said that the club will also unveil its new coach on Monday following the departure of the former coach, Abdul Maikaba to Plateau United last month.
He stated that the service of the players are no longer needed in the club as the team will resume from their league break on Sunday. He gave the names of the players to as Isamila Shagari, Ayobami Asekunowo, Kelly Kester, Katoh Haggai, Adeshina Gata, Aminu Nuhu, Franklin Ekong, Edem Akakatang and Boniface Matthew.
He said, “We are starting another season. I believe we are prepared. We have dropped nine players. We are resuming on Sunday and will resume training on Monday.
Bassey also revealed that the club will unveil their new head coach on Monday after negotiation is completed.
Akwa United have been without a head coach following the departure of Abdu Maikaba to Plateau United at the expiration of his two-year deal, but Bassey admitted finding a suitable replacement for Maikaba has been tasking.
“Finding a coach in Nigeria could be difficult. Nearly every coach in this country wants to coach Akwa United, even within the state (Akwa Ibom). We received many applications. But as a team, we have already decided that we will not sign a coach that has a duty with any national team, because we can’t afford to stay weeks without him, especially in an abridged league season,” according to a statement on the club website.
Bassey’s reaction, when asked of choice of coach for the team, suggested the club have settled for a foreign technical adviser, a position he probably confirmed during the briefing.
“We have until Friday to get a coach, and we will unveil him on Monday. It’s a new terrain for him,” Bassey hinted.
Feelers from the club informed that the ‘Promise Keepers’ may have settled for a top name in the Ghanian Premier League.