Dakkada F.C. is a Nigerian football club based in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom in South-South region of Nigeria. The club currently plays in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the country’s highest level of professional club football.
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Dakkada FC History
Dakkada Football Club was formerly known as Akwa Starlets when it was founded in 2004, and it became a member of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) at the beginning of the 2019/20 season. The club’s headquarters are located in Uyo, the state capital of Akwa Ibom, which is located in the South-South region of Nigeria.
The Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, which the club shares with Akwa United, is where the club plays its home games. In October of 2019, the name Akwa Starlets was changed to Dakkada FC to reflect the Dakkada policy philosophy of the state. Dakkada is a policy philosophy that aims to inspire the people to follow the path of greatness through economic and social activities such as sports, recreation, and entertainment.
It was the vision of a former State Commissioner for Sports, Professor Chris Ekong, to establish Akwa Starlets as the youth team of the state-owned Akwa United. Akwa Starlets was also created to serve as a transition channel, identifying young talents and preparing them to feed Akwa United. Akwa United is the parent club of Akwa Starlets. The club’s debut on the national scene came in the form of competition in the first level of the Nigerian National Amateur League.
The consistent effort that Dakkada put forth in the lower league paid off for them during the 2018-2019 season. They won eight of their ten games throughout the season, which earned them a spot in the playoffs, from which they were able to select a position in which to compete in the NPFL.
In their first season in the NPFL, Dakkada were considered the underdogs, which served as motivation for them to dominate the scenes in the early stages of the campaign. They shocked Rangers International 2-0 while they were away at the Cathedral, as well as Enyimba and Rivers United while they were playing at home. Setbacks at home against local rivals Akwa United FC, Kano Pillars, and Nasarawa United were also part of the mix, but Rangers were able to regain some pride by also edging them 3-2 at Uyo.
Despite these losses, Rangers were able to win the match. Massive talents were added to the NPFL fray in the form of: Moses Effiong; Isaac Bassey; Osimaga Duke; Imo Obot; Femi Ajayi; Alalibo Somian; Eso Archibong and a number of other players, while the experience brought to bear by the likes of Aniekan Ekpe, Utibe Archhibong, and Harrison Ibukun also gave the team an edge. This was The lockdown that occurred during the 2019/20 season forced an end to the competition, and as a result, Dakkada FC finished eighth on the log after the Points per Game (PPG) classification.
Dakkada FC Stadium
Uyo, the city that serves as the capital of the state of Akwa Ibom, is home to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, which was earlier known as the Akwa Ibom International Stadium. In addition to being a venue for a wide variety of social, cultural, and religious gatherings, the stadium is the permanent home of the Nigerian National Team, Akwa United Football Club, and Dakkada Football Club. Julius Berger was granted the contract for the development of the Akwa Ibom International Stadium complex and Games Village in 2012, and the work on both of these projects was finished in 2014. The ultra-modern, multipurpose sports complex with 30,000 seats was designed using Allianz Arena as the inspiration.
Shortly after his inauguration ceremony on May 29, 2015 in the stadium, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel renamed Akwa Ibom Stadium as Godswill Obot Akpabio International Stadium. The renaming took place immediately after the ceremony. Godswill Akpabio served as the governor of the state most recently before leaving office.