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December 24, 2015 ( Post 1 )


The Promise Keepers want to make the very best of their debut appearance on the continent after four of their former players who are from the state signified intention to return
Akwa United are hoping to make meaningful impact in the 2016 Caf Confederation Cup as a few of their former star players have come back to try and impress new coach Maurice Cooreman.
Akwa United won the 2015 Federation Cup last month after defeating Lobi Stars 2-1 in Lagos for their first ever major national title.
Goal has learnt that former players Bassey Akpan, Ubong Ekpai, Kufre Ebong and Mfon Udoh have all signified intention to return to their home town club and assist them next season.
Ekpai was enticed by Kano Pillars and even absconded from the Promise Keepers at a time to force his exit while Ebong and Udoh were snapped up by Warri Wolves and Enyimba respectively after making waves with the Uyo-based side.
Akwa United media officer Uwem Ekoh has told Goal that the four players have arrived Uyo and training under the guidance of new technical adviser Cooreman after bidding bye to their previous clubs.
“Expectations are high that we are going to make meaningful impact in Africa and we are witnessing the influx of professional players to our training ground including some of our former players who have signified intention to play again for us,” Ekoh told Goal.
“Mfon Udoh has arrived from Enyimba and Kufre Ebong has come in from Warri Wolves. We also have Ubong Ekpai who left us for Kano Pillars and Bassey Akpan another home grown is also training with us.
“I can confirm to you that nothing has been made official about these players but expectations are high that they are going to join us to give us the necessary experience on the continent,” Ekoh said.
Akwa United would be playing their first friendly match on Wednesday morning without the four players as the head coach has earmarked the game to test new players he is yet to see in action.
Akwa United qualified to play in the CAF Confederation Cup are scheduled to face Vita Club Mokanda of Republic of Congo in the preliminary round in February.
The first leg is slated for Brazzaville on the weekend of February 12- 14, 2016 before the blockbuster second leg in Uyo on the weekend of February 26-28, 2016.


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