Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Dakkada FC – A Rebuttal


Our attention has been drawn to a publication captioned “Help us, we’re owed 5 months salaries – Dakkada United Players beg Governor” with the rider “blame Sir Monty for club’s relegation” written by one Ofonime Honesty and posted on the writer’s facebook timeline.

A perusal through the publication cruelly exposes flaws which make it easy to decipher the ulterior motive behind it. For instance, the regular season of the 2022/2023 NPFL commenced on January 15 and finished on May 21, 2023, which is exactly five months and one week, but the writer claims that the players were being owed “5 months salaries” for the 2022/2023 NPFL, does it mean that they were never paid salary at all for the season? If it were true, how come the players played all matches without protest of any kind and no one ever mentioned it during the course of the season up until now?

Ordinarily such mendacious and baseless publication should not merit any response by us or any other sane individual but because the publication is intrinsically composed to a pitch a tantrum and tarnish the reputation of the immediate past Governor of Akwa Ibom state, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, whom, we maintain, catered to all our needs, and to set the record straight, we are compelled to respond as follows;

  1. Excluding May 2023, the salaries of our players and officials have completely been paid from start to finish of the 2022/2023 Nigeria Premier Football League. Vouchers to this effect are available and can be obtained at the Ministry of Youth and Sports for verification.

  2. That we have extracted commitment from the state Ministry of Youth and Sports that the salary for May 2023 will be paid in the coming days. The Ministry attributes the slight delay in payment to the transition of state administrations.

  3. We are on an end-of-season break with no players currently available in camp, it is therefore improbable that any of our players could have granted the said interview as claimed by the writer.

Furthermore, every football league is designed such that teams get relegated and promoted at its end, even if all participating teams had equal access to funds. It would therefore make no logical sense to blame relegation on any individual, certainly not Sir Monday Ebong Uko, who was one of the brains behind our promotion from the NNL to the NPFL in the first place.

If the lack of funds were solely responsible for relegation, how come we were able to stay in the NPFL for four years while operating on the same budgetary allocation as we have always been allotted? What would the writer then say happened to the other three teams who got relegated at the end of the 2022/2023 NPFL, were their players not paid salaries or were the teams deprived funds?

Once again, we thank His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, the immediate past Governor of Akwa Ibom state and Sir Monday Ebong Uko, the immediate past Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports, for all the support that we enjoyed from both of them and we enjoin the public to disregard the said publication.


Dakkada Football Club Statement



(12 Afaha Road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state)


2022/2023 has been a sad domestic football season for the players, coaches, ad hoc and management members of staff and indeed everyone associated with Dakkada Football Club.

It is regrettable that after four unbroken years in the top flight, our best efforts throughout the season fell short of the minimum requirement to stay in a very competitive Nigeria Premier Football League whose abridged format, adopted for the season, caused it to be even more competitive by dwarfing the margin of error.

Although relegation is as integral a part of any football league as promotion, but it is rather unfortunate that we had to be caught up in its web especially because ours has been a veritable platform for the discovery and nurturing of talented footballers from the hinterlands and the subsequent putting of the nurtured talents in our country’s footballing limelight.

As we reflect on the lessons that have been painfully learnt from this season, we must refrain from wallowing in our disappointments for too long but imminently begin the rebuilding process towards leading our prestigious club – the 2018/2019 NNL Champions and five-time state FA Cup Champions – back to the elite division of Nigerian football where they belong.

We are immensely thankful to His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, the Governor of Akwa Ibom state, for the love he has demonstrated towards us all these years by catering to all we have ever needed.

We are grateful to our pillar of support and Akwa Ibom state Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Uko, whose unwavering passion for success has driven us thus far.

We thank the Senior Special Assistant to Akwa Ibom state Governor on sports, Elder Paul Bassey, as well as all football stakeholders and institutions from within and outside Akwa Ibom state including the Nigeria Football Federation, Akwa Ibom state Football Association, Akwa Ibom state Ministry of Youth and Sports, the League Management Company and Interim Management Committee, the media, who has been very friendly and fair to us, among others.

Finally, to the truest reason that has enabled us stay afloat thus far – our supporters – we cannot thank you enough for the fantastic support you have given us all these years. Your material support and commitment to our club is an inspiration and the very foundation that we hope to leverage in our quest to gain an instantaneous return to the NPFL.

We would like to assure you all that the last has not been heard of Dakkada Football Club. We are the Chosen Ones and it is for challenging times like this that we were so chosen, according to 1 Corinthians 1:27.

Let’s do it again together. Thank you and God bless you all.

With love from:

All of us at Dakkada Football Club

May 22, 2023.

Vincent Enyeama hailed by NPFL Goal Keeper Edidiong Usoro after unanticipated meeting


NPFL goalie Edidiong Usoro has hailed former Nigeria shot-stopper Vincent Enyeama as ” Africa`s best ” in history after their unanticipated meeting in Uyo.

Usoro who is currently on the books of home-town club Dakkada FC shared image of himself and Enyeama at a shop in Uyo on his Facebook handle @DidiUsoro with the caption;

Ran into my mentor….. Africa’s best n all time record holder….. looking forward to attending ur heights……. Respect Boss.. Vincent Enyeama ,

Usoro’s claims are backed by stats from the IFFHS which named shows that Enyeama Is rated as the Greatest African Goalkeeper of All-time.

The former Lille OSC goalkeeper enjoyed a glittering football career but is yet to officially announce his retirement from active Football.

Just like the Dakkada FC Goalkeeper, Enyeama is a model example for many goalkeepers around the World for his exploits in 632 appearance at club and International level (stats per Wikipedia).

Whereas Vincent is enjoying his rest, the journey continues for Edidiong Usoro as Dakkada FC hosts Enugu Rangers International FC in a Nigeria Premier Football League clash today.

He will have Nigeria U-23 shot-stopper Nurudeen Badmus to contend with for a spot in the starting XI.

Kick-off is 2pm at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Monday April 24.

Akwa United FC will face Kwara United FC by 4pm at the same venue.

Dakkada FC vs Rangers: Change of date, Kick Off


This is to inform our beloved supporters and indeed the general public that our 2022/2023 NPFL Group B Matchday 15 fixture against Rangers, which was earlier scheduled for Sunday, April 23, will now take place as follows:

Date: Monday, April 24, 2023.

Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Nest of Champions, Uyo.

The slight change became necessary due to the first-leg quarter-final TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup fixture between Rivers United of Nigeria and Young Africans of Tanzania which will take place at the same venue on Sunday, April 23.

Thank you for all the genuine support that we have enjoyed from you thus far even as we look forward to more of the same up until the very end of the season and beyond.

Dakkada can survive relegation – Ebong


Dakkada forward, Kufre Ebong has urged his teammates to build on their victory over Doma United as they fight to escape the drop.

Dakkada recorded their third win of the season against Doma United at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Sunday.

Ebong tasked the team to keep on giving their best in their remaining games this season.

“We’ve done pretty well in the last couple of games and looking like a very good team, so we believe the Doma result can inspire a turnaround in our season,” he told DAILY POST

“We need to build on that so everyone needs to come together including the players to achieve this relegation survival.”

Dakkada occupies the bottom spot on the Group B log with 11 points from 13 games.

Dakkada FC Stun Doma United To End Winless Run


Bottom-of-the-table Dakkada FC stunned third-placed Doma United in Saturday’s league clash at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.

They sealed a slim 1-0 victory to end a run of four games without a win.

The winning goal came in the second half as Dakkada’s pressure eventually paid off.

Champion scored the decisive goal in the 59th minute to earn his side a vital win.

This makes it Doma United’s first defeat in four outings.

As things stand, Doma have 19 points from 13 games played, one point ahead of fourth-placed Niger Tornadoes and fifth-placed Abia Warriors who are going to be in action on Sunday. 

Dakkada’s key trio return for Doma United clash


Dakkada head coach, Umar Danladi, will have a full complement of all his players for the matchday 13 tie against Doma United FC.

The relegation-threatened club have welcomed three of its players back to the fold after their engagement with the Olympic Eagles.

Goalkeeper Badmus Nurudeen, Alkasim Yusuf and Mfon Edoho, were part of the Olympic Eagles side that lost to Guinea in the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.

Dakkada need a win against Doma United to boost their survival aspiration.

Doma United are unbeaten in their last three games.

Dakkada FC occupy the last position on the Group B table with 8 points from 12 games.

Dakkada set to sack coach Danlami over poor performance


Dakkada is considering sacking their head coach, Umar Danlami following the club’s poor performance in the Nigeria Premier Football League this season.

The Uyo club lost 2-1 at home to Niger Tornadoes in their matchday 10 encounter in Uyo on Saturday.

Dakkada have recorded just two wins from 10 matches in the NPFL this season.

They currently occupy last position on the Group B table.

Utitofon Donates to Dakkada FC



Charges team on improved performance in second round of NPFL!

A staunch supporter of Dakkada Football Club, Mr. Utitofon Edoho, has donated various gift items to the NPFL outfit.

Edoho, who is the political leader of zone-c of Esit Eket LGA of Akwa Ibom state, made the donation, Tuesday, when he visited the team’s training ground at Nest of Champions, Uyo.

Represented by the Media Manager of Dakkada FC, Comrade Edidiong Stephen, Utitofon noted that he became a proud supporter of the football club because of their penchant for discovering and developing grassroots talents.

“I became your faithful supporter after I realised that you have consistently been in the business of giving opportunity to grassroots talents, who do not have anyone to speak for them, and helping them grow in their career in line with the Dakkada philosophy of our Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel”. “I am delighted to note that, that your policy has yielded good results with a good number of footballers at various NPFL clubs and some of those abroad being documented to have used Dakkada FC as springboard to their success”, he said.

The political leader, who was the Special Guest of Honour when Dakkada defeated Sunshine Stars by 2-1 in Uyo on matchday eight, pledged further support to the team and entreated them to work hard in order to wriggle themselves out of the ebb of the NPFL table.

“I hope that these donated items will put a spring in your steps and spur you on to work harder in order to wriggle yourselves out of the lower end of the NPFL table”. “I hereby assure you of my continuous support at all times … God bless you all”, he added.

The gift items include twenty-five pieces of balls and other training equipment, various packs of bottled water, energy and malt drinks, among others.

Dakkada will resume the second round of the 2022/2023 with a home fixture against Niger Tornadoes on Sunday, March 25.

Dakkada FC set to sign free agent Igboeli


Dakkada Football Club have won the race for free-agent forward, Igboeli Chinemerem.

Igboeli is seeking a fresh start after leaving Russian club FDC Vista.

The striker will undergo medical this week ahead of penning a contract.

Rangers and Wikki Tourists were among the clubs also interested in Igboeli.

Igboeli’s arrival is expected to help improve the team’s chances in the second stanza.


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