Udoh, Oshaniwa unveiled as Akwa United players

Record holder for the most goals in a single Nigeria Professional Football League season Mfon Udoh has rejoined Akwa United after leaving Enyimba.

The 26-year-old left The Promise Keepers for Enyimba in 2015, but has re-signed for the side after his contract at the Aba club expired.

Udoh was officially unveiled alongside 11 other new recruits at a ceremony held at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Friday.

Akwa United have also signed Nigeria World Cup star Juwon Oshaniwa, as well as 2016 Olympics bronze medalist Ndifreke Effiong.

Oshaniwa, 28, joins the Promise Keepers after terminating his contract with Scottish club Hearts, while Effiong made the switch from Abia Warriors.

Udoh and Oshaniwa have penned a one-year contract. Oshaniwa, on the other hand, has signed a one-year deal with the Promise Keepers.

Rafael Everton’s team have also added three foreigners — Brazilian Alberico da Silva, Ivorien Adou Blaisse and Cameroonian Jean Efala — to their squad.

Wisdom Fernando and Samuel Akpan have penned two-year contracts with the club from Akwa Starlets, while Wilson Elu, Markson Ojobo, Ocheme Edoh and CHAN 2018 silver medallist Emeka Atuloma have joined on a year deal.

Players OUT

🇳🇬 Ismail Shagari


🇳🇬 Ayobami Asekunowo
🇳🇬 Emmanuel Ariwachukwu
🇳🇬 Gabriel Wassa


🇳🇬 Haggai Katoh
🇳🇬 Kelly Kester
🇳🇬 Aminu Nuhu
🇳🇬 Ifeanyi Ifeanyi


🇳🇬 Ifeanyi Ede
🇳🇬 Matthew Boniface
🇳🇬 Adeshina Gata
🇳🇬 Victor Mbaoma

Players IN


18. 🇨🇲Jean Efala – Colombe Sangmelima, 11-08-1992 (26 years), Goalkeeper (One-year contract)


17. 🇳🇬 Juwon Oshaniwa – Unattached, 14-09-1990 (28 years), Leftback (One-year contract)

20. 🇳🇬 Markson Ojobo – Rivers United, 01-12-1992 (26 years) Rightback/Centre back (One-year contract)

24. 🇳🇬 Samuel Akpan – Akwa Starlets FC, 23-12-2000 (18 years), Leftback (Two-year contract)

27. 🇨🇮Blaise Adou – FC Ifeanyi Ubah, 08-11-1995 (23 years), Centre back (One-year contract)


8. 🇧🇷Alberico Barbosa Da Silva – FC Ifeanyi Ubah, 04-01-1989 (30 years), Attacking Midfielder/Forward (One-year Contract)

13. 🇳🇬 Emeka Atuloma – Rivers United, 01-10-1992 (26 years), Defensive Midfielder (One-year contract)

15. 🇳🇬 Wilson Elu – Ifeanyi Ubah, 08-12-1994 (24 years), Centreback/Defensive Midfield (One-year contract)


25. 🇳🇬 Wisdom Fernando – Akwa Starlets FC, Forward, 28-03-1996 (22 years), (Two-year contract)

9. 🇳🇬 Mfon Udoh – Enyimba FC, 14-03-1992 (26 years), Right Winger/Forward (One-year contract)

19. 🇳🇬 Ocheme Edoh – Wikki Tourists, 14-02-1993 (25 years), Forward (One-year contract)

21. 🇳🇬 Ndifreke Effiong – Abia Warriors, 15-08-1998 (2 years), Attacking Midfield/Forward (Two-year contract)

Assistant Coaches

1. 🇳🇬 Daniel Japheth – Cofine FC

2. 🇧🇷 Israel Jose Lira – (Brazil)