2008/2009 Nigeria Premier League top scorer Akarandut Orok has announced his retirement from active football .
Born on March 18, 1987 , Orok made the announcement in a post on his Facebook account on Sunday October 2, 2022 where he also celebrated his first trophy as a Coach .
The former League top scorer was on the technical bench for Akwa United FC as they defeated Katsina United 2-1 to win the novelty trophy as the Eket Township Stadium was commissioned on Friday September 30.
Orok wrote ” With all the congratulations am recieving,i guess its no longer news about my next chapter in life and career .
” THERE İS TİME FOR EVERYTHİNG (Bible says). A time to be a player and a time to be a Coach. ”
” I am glad to announce my retirement from active football and also to inform all my friends, family and fans. ”
” That i have subsequently been appointed as one of the Assistant Coaches in Akwa United FC for this League season. ”
” Just few days ago, Friday 30th September 2022 to be precise
Was my first Official Assignment as one of the Assistant Coaches in Akwa United FC.
” The commissioning of the EKET STADIUM By his Excellency the Governor of Akwa Ibom State Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
” The first trophy and first win came through in a classical style . ”
Orok took the Nigeria Premier League by storm in the 2008/2009 season , scoring 17 goals to win the league top scorer award .
His performances earned him a move to Tunisian side CS Sfaxien in 2009 . Orok spent five years in Tunisia before moving to join Al Hidd of Bahrain in 2014 .
At the expiration of his contract with Al Hidd , the forward returned to hometown club Akwa United FC in 2020 .
The experienced striker helped Akwa United FC to a maiden NPFL title , his goals and experience significantly contributing to the success .
Such was his impact on and off the field that when he decided to call time on his career at the end of the 2021/2022 season , the Paul Bassey led management decided to hand him a place on the Coaching Crew a path the forward is grateful to take .
” I want to thank specially The Chairman of Akwa United FC,Elder Paul Bassey and his management team for deeming me fit for this new role , ” Orok continued .
” Not forgetting the Head Coach himself
Coach Ayodeji Ayeni and his technical crew for acceptance into the technical crew.
” Already working together seems easy because of the guidance i get on daily basis.
” Not forgetting My dear wife
Mrs Idorenyin Orok for always being there for me, prayerfully and otherwise
God bless you for me “İMA UDO”.
” To my friends, family and fans
İ say thank you for all your support and i am asking for more support even now for the team Akwa United FC so as to win the League again and go to the continent and do better by God’s grace.
” On my part i am prepared to be more dedicated in my own way to help the team. So help me God , ” Akarandut Orok concluded .