With the 2018 season in Nigeria kicking off this weekend, continental hopefuls, Akwa United have sought divine guidance as set eyes on continental title as well the two domestic titles of the league and the Aiteo Cup.
At The Apostolic Church, Ukana Onuk Area Headquarters, Ikot Ekpene Field where the club went for thanks giving service for last season’s accomplishments and divine guidance in the new season, the players and officials were admonished to abide by the rules.
“Any football team that lacks discipline, respect for constituted authority, rules and regulations and above all hope in the Almighty God and His capabilities cannot go far”.
That was the remark by Apostle G. Umanah, Area Superintendent of the church. Continuing, he told the club: “For you to succeed, you need to be very disciplined and level headed, you must obey and play according to the rules and regulations of the sport and most importantly should have the fear God and hope in His limitless capabilities”
Taking his sermon from Romans 10:11 Pastor Umanah said he was delighted to see the team return to thank God for their exploits in the 2017 season, and that whosoever believeth in God shall not be ashamed.
“I am so delighted to have heard the chairman of the club ascribe the success of his team to God. I remember that before the start of the just concluded season, you came here and handed this team over to God and God promised you victory. All of you here are living witnesses to what God did for His name sake.
“We told you last year that it will not be easy. We said you will pass through a lot of trials and temptations but that at the end you will triumph and it has come to pass.
“With the wisdom that you have to come back and thank God, and rededicate the club to Him, I prophesy that you will do exploits this year. Go and conquer” The man of God declared.
“In his speech, the state sports commissioner Sir Monday Ebong Uko gave thanks to God for a season that had a lot of positives since the club was formed twenty years ago.
He recounted instances in the season that the club encountered challenges yet God triumphed even at a time that they had lost hope, particularly during the Aiteo Cup final when it seemed as if all was lost, only for the club to gain the upper hand and the slot of representing the country in the continent.
For the current season, he enjoined all the supporters of the club to close ranks and work in unity towards the success of the club.
“It will be wrong for you to say that perhaps because you do not like the face of the commissioner or that of the chairman, you should then wish the club bad. This club is an institution, a unity vehicle as far as Akwa Ibom state is concerned so we should come together to make sure it succeeds” He pleaded.
Chairman of the club, Paul Bassey in an earlier remark was grateful to God, His Excellency the executive governor of the state, his principal the state sports commissioner, the media, supporters club and all the fans who stood by them in the season.
“We will be ingrates if we do not actualize this Thanksgiving aimed at giving God all the glory for the success of the team in placing fourth in the league and winning the Aiteo Cup.
“Governor Udom Emmanuel, sports governor of the year 2017 stood by us and made sure we did not lack,” he informed.