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By Edidiong STEPHEN

Less than five years into the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel as the state’s helmsman, Akwa United have made giant strides as one of the
best clubs in the continent of Africa.

According to the latest rankings of African clubs released by African
football ruling body, Confederation of African Football (CAF), Akwa United
polled a total of 1401 points to rise from their previous 94th position in
Africa to 48th – ranking among the continent’s Top Best 50 Football Clubs.

By these rankings, Akwa United, who are neither challenging in the CAF
Confederations Cup nor the CAF Champions League this year, are the fourth
best team in Nigeria, trailing Enyimba (25th), Kano Pillars (33rd) and
Rangers (42nd).

Reacting to the latest club ratings, the Chairman of Akwa United, Elder
Paul Bassey, said in Uyo, yesterday, that he was pleasantly shocked to hear
that Akwa United were one of the best clubs in Africa and fourth best in
the Country.

“Governor Emmanuel deserves a standing ovation for this shocking but
deserved accolade”, he said.

According to Elder Bassey, “All the Nigerian Clubs ranked above Akwa United
have since been in African football business long before Akwa United came
into existence”.

“…before were not a club to reckon with even in Nigeria until Governor Udom
Emmanuel came to turn the club’s fortunes around”.

”There is no doubt that Akwa United are the most improved team in Nigeria
in the last four years; taking the domestic league by storm and justifying
its latest African rating with only two continental outings to date – both
of which were berthed by the present state administration”.

“I owe His Excellency a debt of gratitude for providing an enabling
environment for us to operate and excel”, Bassey added.

The versatile sports administrator, FIFA and CAF Match Commissioner, CAF
General Coordinator and CAF Instructor on Club Licensing, also appreciated
the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Uko, whose “support
has been invaluable”.

He said the Mr. Uko has shown a great managerial artistry in both
adequately interpreting and keeping pace with the vast demands of the
Governor in the area of sports.


1 Esperance Sportive De Tunis (Tunisia) 1621
2 Al Ahly SC (Egypt) 1617
3 TP Mazembe (Congo DR) 1578
4 Al-Merreikh (Sudan) 1555
5 Etoile Sportif du Sahel (Tunisia) 1554
6 Vita Club (Congo DR ) 1541
7 Al Hilal (Sudan ) 1539
8 Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) 1527
9 El Zamalek (Egypt) 1521
10 1º De Agosto (Angola ) 1518
11 CS SFAXIEN (Tunisia) 1515
12 Mamelodi Sundowns FC (South Africa) 1511
13 Dynamos F.C. (Zimbabwe) 1506
14 Coton Sport FC de Garoua – Officiel (Cameroon) 1498
15 Raja Casablanca RCA (Morocco) 1491
16 Stade Malien Bamako (Mali) 1490
17 Recreativo do Libolo (Angola) 1472
18 Djoliba AC (Mali) 1463
19 Orlando Pirates FC (South Africa ) 1458
20 Bidvest Wits (South Africa) 1455
21 USM Alger (Algeria) 1452
22 Al Masry (Egypt) 1451
23 Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) 1450
24 Motema Pembe (Congo DR) 1448
25 Enyimba (Nigeria) 1447
26 Club Africain (Tunisia) 1447
27 Atletico Petro Luanda (Angola) 1443
28 ASEC Mimosas (Ivory Coast) 1440
29 Highlanders (Zimbabwe) 1426
30 ES Sétif (Algeria ) 1425
31 Asante Kotoko SC (Ghana) 1423
32 Saint-Eloi Lupopo (Congo DR) 1419
33 Kano Pillars (Nigeria) 1419
34 Olympique de Bamako (Mali) 1419
35 UMS de Loum (Cameroon) 1418
36 AS Réal Bamako (Mali) 1415
37 Kabuscorp SCP (Angola) 1413
38 FUS Rabat Morocco 1412
39 Gunners (Zimbabwe) 1411
40 Difaâ El Jadida (Morocco) 1411
41 JS Saoura (Algeria) 1411
42 Enugu Rangers (Nigeria) 1409
43 ZESCO United (Zambia) 1408
44 Ismaily SC (Egypt) 1405
45 JS Kabylie (Algeria) 1404
46 FC Platinum (Zimbabwe) 1403
47 Ashanti Gold (Ghana) 1402
48 Akwa United (Nigeria) 1401
49 Chicken Inn FC (Zimbabwe) 1398
50 Lobi Stars (Nigeria) 1397

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