Akwa United have added the 2016 Charity Shield to their growing list of silverwares after they beat reigning League champions Enyimba on Wednesday at the Abuja National Stadium in the curtain-raiser for season.
After staying goalless in regulation time, the coach Maurice Cooreman-tutored team finally defeated league champions Enyimba 4-3 in the ensuing penalty kicks.
Akwa United’s latest feat was achieved despite having to play with one-man less in Thursday’s game after the red card given to Yusuf Adio in the 65th minute.
With the victory in Abuja, Akwa United have successfully won three major trophies since November – the Federation Cup 2015, Super 4 and now the Charity Shield.
The Akwa Ibom team are one of Nigeria’s flag bearers in the CAF Confederation Cup and despite being green horns on the continent, they started out on bright note with an away win in Pointe Noire, Congo last weekend.