Akwa United on Monday had a colourful trophy parade across Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital and its environs, with the pictures of the parade flooding the social media space.
The trophy is the club’s first since its establishment in 1995.
Parading the trophy across streets is not a tradition in the NPFL.
For Akwa, it was a celebration of a hard-earned NPFL title after a 26-year wait and they did it in style. With a banner which had “2021 NPFL CHAMPIONS AKWA UNITED …THAT SAME GOD” hung on the sparkling truck, as well as ballons and ribbons in Akwa United’s traditional colours of orange and white, the team’s officials and players cruised major streets of the capital city with their fans cheering in delight.
An Akwa United fan in Uyo, Emem Itu, who described the trophy parade as a “carnival” said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for him.
“I’m so happy, never knew I would ever see such in my hometown. I only see European clubs parading their trophies, I never knew it could happen in Uyo. This is a wonderful innovation by Akwa United management,” Itu said.