Okon Bassey in Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Government has named the present Deputy Chief Whip of the State House of Assembly, Otuekong Nse Udofot Essien as the new technical director for the state owned team, Akwa United Football Club of Uyo.
The state’s Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Monday Ebong Uko, who unveiled the new technical director for the team yesterday also announced the disengagement of former technical crews of the team.
He described Essien as a big football enthusiast and fan of the club saying he is to coordinate the technical department of the team.
Hon Essien who represents the people of Onna State Constituency in the House of Assembly, the sports commissioner said his appointment is with immediate effect.
The commissioner expressed optimism that with the coming of Otuekong Essien into the technical committee of the club, the current performance of the club will improve.
Besides serving the Akwa United FC, Commissioner Uko said the new technical director is expected to take charge of other youth clubs namely; Akwa Starlets, Ibom Youths FC and the female team, the Ibom Angels.
Akwa United FC appears to be on a slow lane this season having won only two games, drew four and lost three, with 10 points which now put the team in a tight rope as it is closed to the drop zone on the league ladder.
Immediately being presented to the public, Otuekong Essien went into action inaugurating new management of the Akwa Starlets FC, on behalf of the sports commissioner.
Essien urged the new management team of the club to do the utmost to develop and turn the boys to future stars not only in the country but across the globe.
In an interview, Otuekong Essien promised to breathe the winning spirit into the team, identifying lack of motivation as one of the problems militating against the team’s efforts at winning.
He assured the people of the state that Akwa United would witness a new lease of life as players’ welfare will not be compromised, henceforth.
He further identified as problem of the club the blending of the old and new players, positing that the team would soon pick its winning rhythm.