BY: MFON PATRICK.
As the Nigerian mid season transfer market opens, Akwa United are the first to release players and shopping for replacements.
The management of the club confirmed the release of four players into the transfer market for reasons ranging from acts of indiscipline to lack of productivity.
Top on the list is long standing goalkeeper, Olufemi Kayode, who of late has failed to hold on to a first team place in the team.
Also shown the door are defenders; Ibukun Harrison, Semui Liadi and Shittu Lawal.
Two players Nura Usman and Michael Ibe have been placed on probation and told to sit up or face the axe as the club positions itself for a challenge at the league diadem at the end of the season.
Top midfielder Adio Yusuf who has been plagued with injury has been sidelined for the rest of the season.
Adio has been put on medical leave of absence on compassionate ground. In a related development, the club has revealed that it is targeting five new signings to replace those that have left.
Some of the players on the club’s radar include Christopher Lolo of Katsina United and Akwa Starlets striker Edem Akanatang.
Reacting to rumours that some players have already joined the club, the chairman of the club Elder Paul Bassey explained that the club has not yet signed any player, but confirmed that many players have indicated interest in joining the club in mid-season.
Elder Bassey said only quality players whose services are needed would be signed during the mid season transfer window to fortify the team ahead of the second stanza of the league.