For flying the flag high at the just concluded 2021 NPFL/LALIGA U-15 Promises in Enugu, Akwa United U-15 team have received a massive pat on the back for their impressive performance.
The State Commissioner for youth and sports Sir Monday Ebong Uko was all praise for the young lads who narrowly lost out to Warri Wolves at the semi final stage of the competition.
At a brief reception held at the club’s conference room, the commissioner described the team performance as the best ever in the history of the club participation in the championship.
Ably represented by the club Chairman Elder Paul Bassey, the Commissioner maintained that despite not winning the championship,that he was proud of the team’s dedication, character and discipline throughout the competition.
“On behalf of the Honourable Commissioner, I want to express my appreciation to the U-15 team for giving us a good representation at the just concluded NPFL/LA LIGA championship in Enugu.
“I’m particularly happy because we were not knocked out in the preliminary rounds. Finishing among the top four teams showed that we played till the last day of the Championship.
“The essence of the championship was to discover future talents that will represent the country and I’m grateful that the coaches selected very young and talented players for the championship and they didn’t disappoint us. It’s our prayer that many of the U-15 players will one day play for the main Akwa United team and the senior national team.
“I want to use this opportunity to encourage all of you to take your studies seriously while also continuing with your training. We will do our best to ensure you have the needed support to build on your chosen career. Once again, congratulations for flying the flag of Akwa United high at the championship “.
Elder Paul Bassey on behalf of the Honourable Commissioner presented
boots, jerseys and cash tokens were given to the young lads who were also treated to a sumptuous lunch.
The team manager of the U-15 side Mr. Anietie Christo thanked the Honourable Commissioner Sir Monday Ebong Uko, club boss Elder Paul Bassey for the support given to the team to participate at the championship and promised a better outing next year.
The Junior Promise Keepers played eight matches with four victories, three draws with just one defeat.
Akwa United’s U-15 boys were the best defensive side at the championship, conceeding just one goal in eight matches while goalkeeper Covenant Effiong ended the championship as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
The captain of the U-15 team Uwakmfon John and the best goalkeeper of the tournament Covenant Effiong have been offered invitation by coach Kennedy Boboye’s led technical crew to begin training with Akwa United senior team to further help their development.