Paul Bassey

Okon Bassey in Uyo

It was a new month shock as the Akwa Ibom State Government Tuesday sacked the board and management of current Federation Cup holders, Akwa United Football Club of Uyo.

The sack of the former board of the club headed by Mr Nse Ube might not be unconnected with the shock exit of the team in the first round of the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup,

Akwa United FC was defeated by the Congolese side Vita Club Mukanda of Point Noire at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, the State capital last weekend.

The removal from office of the former management of the club was officially made public in a statement issued by the state government.

The government statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Aniekan Umanah, disclosed that Governor Udom Emmanuel has appointed a veteran sports journalist and FIFA/CAF Match Commissioner, Mr Paul Bassey, as the head of a three-month interim board.

Government in the statement commended the previous board for its efforts that led to the club winning its first major domestic trophy and qualifying to represent the country in the continent.

“His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel has approved the immediate dissolution of the interim board and management of Akwa United Football Club of Uyo.

“Consequently, the Governor has approved the appointment of Mr. Paul Bassey as the chairman of  an interim Board to run the club for a period of three months with immediate effect,” the statement stressed.

Akwa United FC suffered a home defeat in the hands of the Congolese side after taking a one goal advantage from the first leg played at Point Noire.

The team needed just a draw to get to the second round but United’s marksman, Ubing Ekpai missed  a penalty in regulation time after trailing into the second half.

Ekpai missed the last penalty kick with aggregate score standing at 7-6 in favour of the Point Noire-based side.

With the early exit from the continent, Akwa United would now focus on the domestic league where they would face Heartland FC of Owerri in Uyo this afternoon in a Match-day 4 of the Nigerian Professional Football League.