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Ayade United FC gets club house, camp


The Cross River Sports Commission has acquired a Club House and Camp for Ben Ayade United FC of Calabar, Chairman of the Commission, Orok Duke, has disclosed.

Duke told journalists at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar at the weekend that the facility will enable the Coach Paul Undelikwo-led technical crew to prosecute the team’s campaign in the league successfully.

The club, currently featuring in Division League 2B of the Nigeria National League (NNL), at the weekend defeated Obingwa FC of Abia State 5 – 0 in their second home match of the NNL.


He said the coaching crew had been mandated to monitor the progress and welfare of the players, some of who are in their teens, and expressed the hope that the facility would motivate the team to put in their best and gain promotion to the next cadre of the NNL.

Duke stated that the players had so far exhibited qualities, which through coordinated encouragement would help to realise the objective of incorporating the club to boost football development in Cross River State.

“They are quite young and rookies in the game, but you can see that they are gradually gaining confidence as the competition progresses. Some of them are within the age bracket of 16 to 18 years and are still in the Senior Secondary Schools or writing the NECO examination. It is a deliberate approach to ‘catch them young’ in tandem with the best global practice, such that they mature and blend with the skills to emerge as a formidable Club in future,” he said.

Duke also assured that as soon as some basic furniture and utensils were in place, the team would move into a permanent camp. “The accommodation is handy except for some minor finishing touches, the team will move in and will be playing the remaining matches from the abode,” he said.

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