Players and officials of Akwa United FC were left stunned after Vita Club Mokanda defeated them 6-5 on penalties to end the Uyo-based side’s first ever continental appearance on a sour note.
The visiting Congolese side won 1-0 on the night to cancel out a similar scoreless recorded by Akwa United in Pointe Noire a fortnight ago.
Irate fans laid siege on the home team who had swiftly disappeared into the tunnel moments after final blast by the referee.
The management of the Nest of Champions in Uyo had to put off the floodlight and other lighting system in the 45,000 capacity stadium in a bid to compel the fans to go home.
The fans would not be easily dispersed as they rained curse, abuses and boos on their team.
Nigerian Pilot Sports gathered that few hours after the match which effectively Akwa United’s participation in the 13th CAF Confederation Cup, Governor Udom Emmanuel was on line via telephone to Sports Commissioner, Monday Ukoh.
An informed source confided in our reporter that Governor Emmanuel expressed his disappointment at the team’s dismal showings in the second leg game.
The governor demanded an immediate inquest.
“The governor has pampered the team richly. Do you know the players and their officials were handed their February salaries long before the encounter? The poor performance and the behaviour of every club official is presently being looked at,” hinted our usually reliable source.
“I can also tell you the sports commissioner is hugely disappointed that Ubong Ekpai who is the highest paid player in the team with a monthly take-home of N650,000 could twice fail to score from the penalty spot.

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