Akwa United Football Club — Everything You Need to Know

Akwa United FC

Akwa United Football Club is a Nigerian football club that play in the highest level of professional football in Nigeria – the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL). It is based in Uyo City in Akwa Ibom State.Lots of wonderful and professional players play in this team and there are well represented.

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Akwa United Football Club — Everything You Need to Know

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Ownership and Management

Akwa United Football Club is owned by the government of Akwa Ibom State. The club board and management includes —Chairman – Paul Bassey and Manager / Coach – Emmanuel Udoh. The current home ground of Akwa United Football Club of Uyo where all of their home games in the Nigerian Professional Football League are played is the 30,000 capacity Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria.

Akwa United Football Club — Everything You Need to Know
Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo

History and Honours


The Uyo based football club frankly nicknamed The Promise Keepers was founded in the year 1996 following the need to use sporting activities in fostering peace and unity in Akwa Ibom State, while also ensuring that the youth are engaged in extra social activities.

Akwa United Football Club played in the lower league since inception, and made their first appearance in the top level league in the 2007-2008 football season.

In their debut season in the top flight of Nigerian league football, The Promise Keepers failed to keep their promise by not keeping a place on the log after series of embarrassing losses and enough goal “consumption”, thereby slumping down to relegation after just one top flight season.

In 2011, Akwa United Football Club got promoted to top flight football for the second time in the history of their existence, and have been able to keep a place in the league for seven consecutive years.

At the end of the 2017-2018 season, The promise keepers recorded an amazing 41 points in 24 matches which saw them finish second on the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) log, which is the highest they have ever finished.


Nigeria super 4 – 2016

Nigerian Super cup – 2016

Nigerian FA cup – 2015, 2017

Nigerian Professional Football League – Nil

The Football Club has gone on to represent the country continentally by qualifying and taking part in the CAF Confederations cup twice, in 2016 and 2018.

Squad members

The team, Akwa United Football Club is an abode to many vibrant and talented players, comprising of indigenes of Akwa Ibom State, citizens of Nigerians from other Nigerian states, and also foreign football players from neighboring African countries, and South America.

Akwa United Football Club — Everything You Need to Know

The complete current squad members (and jersey number) include

Goal Keepers

Daniel Emmanson (1)

Emmanuel Iwu (22)

Ojo Olorunleke (30)

Jean Efala (18)


Ubong Idio (2)

Godspower Igudia (35)

Juwon Oshaniwa (17)

Samuel Akpan (24)

Matthew Etim (4)

Wilson Elu (15)

Denis Nya (6)

Markson Ojobo (20)

Blaise Adou (27)

Jamiu Alimi (14)

Kodjovi Dadzie (31)

Otobong Effiong (16)


Chigozie Chilekwu (3)

Cyril Olisema (26)

Emeka Atuloma (13)

Christopher Lolo (32)

Emmanuel Charles (34)

Ubong Essien (36)


Ndifreke Effiong (21)

Paul Obata (11)

Wisdom Fernando (25)

Ocheme Edoh (19)

Mfon Udoh (9)

Anieke Asuquo (33)

Alberico Barbosa da Silva (8)