Football fans in Akwa Ibom State have expressed great joy over the return of the Governor’s Cup competition which gets underway on Thursday September 21, 2023.
After over a decade long wait, the local government areas of Akwa Ibom State, will again, battle for the Governor’s Cup title, a competition with immense on-field and off-field benefits.
The Uyo Township Stadium will serve as venue for the opening ceremony on September 21, 2023 by 4pm, after the official flag-off by Pst. Umo Eno, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
In separate chats with SportsRation correspondent, Nsikakabasi Akpan, football fans in the South South state, said they were happy to have the Governor’s Cup revived and are looking forward to the discovery of stars in the mould of, former Super Eagles skipper, Vincent Enyeama, Friday Ekpo, Emem Eduok , Ubong Ekpai, Aniekpeno Udoh, etc.
As earlier drawn, the first round will have all the local government areas do battle at Senatorial District level, from where 12-teams will emerge for the Super 12.
Reigning Champions of the competition Nsit Ubuim, will face Uyo Local Government Area in the opening match.
OPENING MATCH PREVIEW
Former Dakkada FC Chief Coach, Lawrence will take charge of the Nsit Ubuim Local Government Area team for the 2023 Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Cup, while Coach Godwin Morgan is the man in charge for Uyo Local Government Area.
NPFL star, Ubong Friday headlines the list of Nsit Ubuim players, which also includes 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner, Edidiong Essein.
For Uyo Local Government Area, Coach Godwin Morgan will bank on the collective efforts of a young squad, dominated by Nigeria National League and Nationwide League players, in their quest to defeat the champions.
Both Local Government Area’s have tasted success in this competition and will set-out to deliver a statement performance, of their desire to go all the way, as the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Cup returns.
ALL MATCHDAY ONE FIXTURES
EKET SENATORIAL DISTRICT
Esit Eket Vs Ikot Abasi
Eastern Obolo Vs Ibeno
Okobo Vs Urue-Offong/Oruko
Eket Vs Onna
Mkpat Enin Vs Oron
Mbo Vs Udung Uko
UYO SENATORIAL DISTRICT
Nsit Ubium Vs Uyo (opening ceremony)
Etinan Vs Nsit Atai
Nsit Ibom Vs Ibesikpo Asutan
Ibiono Ibom Vs Itu
IKOT EKPENE SENATORIAL DISTRICT
Abak Vs Oruk Anam
Ikot Ekpene Vs Etim Ekpo
Ukanafun Vs Ini
Ika Vs Obot Akara
Essien Udim Vs Ikono
Fixtures and dates for other matchday one games will be released at the opening ceremony in Uyo on Thursday, September 21.