When Akwa Ibom International Stadium was named ‘The Nest of Champions,’ scorners wondered where the champions would come from. Since the creation of the state, no team from Akwa Ibom had ever won a major national competition, least to say. Indeed, there isn’t any assurance that the stadium would continue to host national team matches.
Some sport analysts, in their commentaries, have noted that one of the major challenges this probably most beautiful stadium in Nigeria will be facing is under utilization.
So you can now understand why Akwa United, champions of the 70th edition of the Federations cup, brought a major victory to both the government and people of Akwa Ibom state. No longer will skeptics call the stadium a white Elephant monument without any economic value.
Akwa United has brought the vision of the past governor, Godswill Akpabio, to bear and truly justified the huge investment he made in not just building an ultra modern stadium, but a magnificent sport city. The city of Uyo is such a beauty to behold in Nigeria.
Akwa Ibom state sports commission with pride is already asking to host the Super Cup next year. So premier league champions, Enyimba international and their own Akwa United, the federations cup champions, will trade tackles at the nest of champions in January 2016 or so.
Akwa United winning the Federation cup means Uyo will be hosting part of the continental tournament – CAF Cup. As the chairman of the team, Nse Ubeh stated, “Hosting teams from several African countries in the city of Uyo, at the Nest of Champions, will bring such an unforgettable experience to the visitors and great brand image for Nigeria.”
“We’re going to deliver something different in 2016. We’re set to make Vincent Enyeama our Football Ambassador and bring back great natives like Mfon Udoh, Eduok Emem and other players on loan in other clubs. We need all their support to compliment the effort of the boys on ground.” Ubeh declared.
Meanwhile, let the celebration continue. Akwa United deserve all the pump and pageantries that follows great victories such as this. And talking about the reward for success, team captain Otoubong Akpan expressed so much appreciation: “We’re so happy to have won this; it is just the beginning of better things to come. More so as our present governor, Utom Emmanuel and Senator Godswill Akpabio, former governor, have promised to give their full support to the club and also help us find some corporate sponsors. I can sense it, this is just the beginning for us.