Still basking the joy of lifting the Federation Cup at the expense of Lobi, players of Akwa United are looking forward to going far in the CAF Confederation Cup next year.
Akwa United will represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup alongside Nasarawa United while Glo Premier League champions Enyimba and Warri Wolves will play in the CAF Champions League next year.
Akwa Ibom captain, Otobong Effiong said he is fulfilled like his other teammates. But he admitted that the Promise Keepers will need to bring their A-game to bear on the continent if they want to make their debut appearance worth a mention.
“It is a big achievement for us, the players, coaches, fans and the club, that we will play on the continent next year. This is a dream come true for me, and my teammates. But we must get down to work because playing on the continent is quite different and we need to make an impact and show that we are good enough to be there,” remarked Effiong.
The Akwa United man, who can play as a right and left full-back, says their survival from relegation and Cup-winning feat is “from God” like his first name Otobong when translated from Ibibio lanaguage to English means.
After playing a part in helping Akwa United win their first-ever domestic title, the Federation Cup, last Sunday, the captain of the Uyo club, Otobong Effiong, has told npfl.ng that he is savouring the chance of playing in the CAF Confederation Cup next year.
It is the first time that the Promise Keepers played in the Federation Cup final after almost two decades of their existence – 19 years to be precise. Effiong feels there is no better time to win a first domestic title as it coincides with their move to a new home – the Akwa Ibom Stadium also known as the Nest of Champions.
The Akwa United defender also recalled that the club had a wretched season and escaped the drop by the whiskers on the last day. He believes that winning the Federation Cup has made up for their poor performance in the Glo Premier League.
“Whenever I look back to the season, I am happy that we were able to stay in the (Glo) Premier League despite our struggles,” said Effiong to npfl.ng. “I remember we started the season with a 0-0 draw against Enyimba in Aba but lost to FC Taraba at home.”