Dakkada F.C's Football Club: players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings

Dakkada F.C's Football Club: players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings

Kenneth Mwenda
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM

With the intense passion of Dakkada F.C's players, the team seems to be defying expectations and going all the way to lift more significant trophies in Nigeria's best league. Goals from some of the Dakkada F.C's players have been forthcoming regardless of the poor start of the 2021/22 season. Early in 2019, the team was playing in Nigeria's National League, rising two years later to end Nigeria's Professional Football League season in the mid of the table.

Dakkada Football Club
Dakkada F.C. players pose for a photo at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, in January 2022. Photo: Dakkada FC
Source: Facebook

The club hails from Nigeria and is located in Uyo, in the Akwa Ibom state. The team was started as the junior team of Akwa United F.C in 2004. Join us as we learn some fascinating facts about the club.

Dakkada F.C's profile summary

  • Official Name: Dakkada Football Club
  • Former Name: Akwa Starlets F.C
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Management: Government of Akwa Ibom State
  • Founded: 2004
  • Colours: Orange / White
  • League: Nigeria Professional Football League
  • Club's chair: Aniedi Dickson
  • Manager: Caleb Esu
  • Coach: Umar Danlami Kwasau
  • Captain: Aniekan Ekpe (As of January 2022)
  • Stadiums: Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo
  • Twitter: @Dakkada_FC
  • Facebook: Dakkada FC
Dakkada Football Club: players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings
Dakkada F.C. players during a match in 2020. Photo: Dakkada FC
Source: Facebook

Dakkada F.C's squad in the 21/22 season

The club consists of thirty-six players. Some of the team members also play in their national teams. Here is a list of the team's names:


  • Olawale Oremade
  • Thomas Omokhudu
  • Edidong Usoro
  • Loveday Anugbo


  • Nonso Ugwu
  • Ubong Williams
  • Ibrahim Abiola
  • Okoronkwo Uchenna
  • Idio Ubong
  • Spenser Marcos Bassey
  • Karim Abdullahi
  • Uwana Asuquo
  • Rivio Ayemwenre
  • Karim
  • Francis Odinaka
  • Godwin Inamoto Effiong
  • Solomon Kantoma


  • Emmanuel Charles
  • Yusuf Olatunji Adio
  • Abdulafeez Awakan
  • Prince Wisdom
  • Arinze Obuka
  • Obo Archibong
  • Aniekan Ekpe
  • Emmanuel Etim
  • Adam Yazid
  • Nsikak Moses
  • Nnamsowo Daniel
  • Samuel Akpan
  • Oriyomi Murfala Lawal


  • Ezekiel Enobong
  • Sunday Awasa
  • Uket Benedict Jesam
  • Nwakaji Solomon Chigozie
  • Femi Ajayi
  • Basiru Musa

Dakkada F.C. achievements

Dakkada won the Nigerian Professional Football League in 18/2019 and was later promoted to Nigeria's Professional Football League in the 2019 to 2020 season. The promotion made the oil rich Niger Delta state of Akwa Ibom become one of the two state governments sponsoring two clubs in the competition at the time.

Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Photo
Godswill Akpabio International Stadium. Photo: lifesaruse
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Dakkada F.C. stadium

Godswill Akpabio International Stadium is the team's home stadium. The all seater national sports stadium is situated in Uyo, the state capital of Akwa Ibom. It also serves as the home stadium for the Nigerian Super Eagles, having a capacity of 30,000.

Dakkada F.C's owner

The club is owned by Akwa Ibom State Government, the government of Akwa Ibom, which is involved with the state ministry administration.

Dakkada F.C's coach as of the 2021/2022 season

In December 2020, the Football Club appointed Umar Danlami Kwasau as their new technical crew head. According to guardian.ng, the Kaduna-born was the former coach at FC Taraba, Kada City and Delta Force. He took over from Coach Caleb Esu after his contract expired.

Dakkada F.C's trophies

The team clinched the Nigeria National League (NNL) Super 4 Tournament in 2019. The achievement led to their promotion in the next season.

Dakkada F.C. officials
Dakkada F.C. officials and the captain holding the NNL cup in 2019. Photo: Dakkada FC
Source: Facebook

Dakkada F.C's captain

The squad is led by Aniekan Ekpe as the captain. As of February 2022, Ekpe is a 36 years old Nigerian, born on Dec 30, 1986. He is still regarded as one of Dakkada F.C's legends.

Dakkada F.C. history

The team was founded in 2004, with the name Akwa Starlets F.C. This was initiated by the then Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Akwa Ibom State, Chris Ekong. It started as the junior squad of Akwa United F.C. After its formation, the group started playing in the Nigerian National Amateur League 1, gaining promotions later up to Nigeria's Professional Football League.

Under the name Akwa Starlet, the club was crowned the 2019 Champion of the Nigeria National League and the club's management officially rebranded the name to Dakkada F.C. on 31 October 2019. Since then, the team has been on Nigeria's Professional Football League, mostly at the mid of the table.

Social media presence

With around 7k followers on Facebook as of February 2022, the team is also on Twitter as @Dakkada_FC. At the time of writing, we could not find an official Dakkada F.C. Instagram profile.

Dakkada F.C. management

The Football Club appointed Coach Umar Danlami Kwasau in 2020 as their new head of their technical crew, taking over from Coach Caleb Esu. Below is the whole technical crew:

  • Coach Danlami
  • Nsikak Pius (Masseur)
  • Akan Jumbo (Kit Manager)
  • Ukeme Afangideh (Physiotherapy)
  • Ubong Daniel (Curator)
  • Uduak Lawrence (Academy Coach)

According to thisdaylive.com, a part of the technical crew (not named above) was suspended in January 2022, and the following were also in charge:

  • Coach Windy Abasiakan
  • Coach Daniel Japhet
  • Mr Etido Inyang
  • Comrade Edidiong Stephen
  • Dakkada F.C. net worth
  • The Akwa Ibom State Government owns the club

Dakkada F.C. world ranking

In the 2020/21 season, they completed Nigeria's Professional Football League at number 11 out of 20 teams. The team has relatively risen in the football scene of Nigeria, having been founded just 18 years ago.

In 2019 the Dakkada F.C's players were plying their trade in the second-tier of the league and awarded promotion by virtue of being the champions in the Nigerian National League. The promotion saw them join the top-flight for the first time in the 2019/20 season. Since then, the team has not looked back. The team completed the season at number 11 in the last season (2020/21).

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Kenneth Mwenda is a business and sports writer with over five years of experience. At Sportsbrief, he contributes to writing biographies and listicles.