Akwa Utd mid-season deals: confirmed ins and outs

The 2018-19 Nigeria Professional Football League season has reached the halfway point and the mid-season transfer window is now closed after some transfer activities.

The league’s top teams have been busy trying to bolster their sides, as the race for playoffs spot intensifies.

Akwa United, who are now two points adrift of table-toppers FC Ifeanyi Ubah after recovering from a miserable start to the season, have had some high-profile departures — notably Ubong Friday.

The club have also strengtened the squad with a number of signings.

Here is a round-up of Akwa United transfer business of the mid-season transfer window.

Transfers OUTS

Ezekiel Bassey
The Super Eagles winger, who rejoined Akwa United during last season’s mid-season transfer window, has switched to Egyptian Premier League side Al-Masry. The 22-year-old penned a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

Michael Ibeh
The Attacking midfielder moved to Jordanian second-tier club Al-Karmel after playing two matches for the Promise Keepers this season.

Ubong Friday

Friday brought the curtain down on his career at the club to sign for Armenian champions FC Lori in February.

The 2015 Federation Cup top scorer completed a move to the Vanadzor-based outfit after scoring a goal and a making an assist in eight games in the current season.

Jamiu Alimi
Alimi has joined Maiduguri side Elkanemi Warriors on loan in order to get more playing time. Before his departure, the centre-back made one appearance for the Uyo club and was named four times on the matchday squad this season.

Transfers INS

Aniefiok ‘Tower’ Godspower
The central midfielder is back to his hometown club after spells at Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel and FK Palanga of Lithuania.

Godspower, 22, announced his return to the club he left for Kano Pillars four seasons ago with a sterling performance at the Okigwe Stadium on Sunday, as Rafael Everton’s side claimed their second away win of the season.

Godswill Nicholas
Recruited from third-tier club Cofine FC, the young midfielder has reportedly impressed the technical crew in training. However, it remains to be seen if he’ll be given opportunities.

Marshal Johnson
The defensive midfielder has re-signed for the club after seeing out his conract at Armena First Divsion club, FC Pyunik. Marshall, 29, a former captain of the club, is arguably the most experienced amongst the new signings.

Ibrahim Akide
Akide, a former Plateau United player, joins Akwa United for the rest of the season. He reunites with his former teammates at Giwa FC – Ojo Olorunleke and Ocheme Edoh.

Chinonso Awurum

Awurum, a defender, also joins the club on a short-term deal. He previously played for Abia Comets and Unicem Rovers.