We have noticed the absence of Calabar darling team Calabar Rovers from the Nigerian Professional Football League for more than five seasons. Not much is known about what has befallen the south -south outfit that was once a rallying point for all of Cross River and Akwa Ibom states, a team that gave birth to stars like former Nigerian internationals, Andrew Uwe, Finidi George, Friday Ekpo, Imama Amakpakabo, John Okon Ene, donning her colours.
The team suffered relegation to the National League and are yet to bounce back to top flight Football for over seven years. Reports reaching us from AIT reads that the state government has appointed a foreign Coach named Dorian Maria to manage the Football Club. He’s saddled with the responsibility of injecting fresh ideas into the team to ensure they return to top flight Football come 2019.
Only time will tell if Calabar Rovers will join neighbours and Aiteo Cup Champions Akwa United who are top of the NPFL table in top-flight Football come next year. Calabar state government should follow the footsteps of neighbouring Akwa State government who have invest steadily in Sport, Football in particular both in the female and male team the gesture which sees Akwa United winning the Aiteo Cup twice in three years and Ibom Angels reaching the final last season. Akwa United remain top of the league table with 16pts and are unbeaten at home after seven games.