Calabar Rovers F.C.

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Calabar Rovers
Full name UNICEM-Rovers Football Club
Founded 1977 (reestablished 2008)
Ground U. J. Esuene Stadium
Calabar, Nigeria
Ground Capacity 25,000
Chairman Maurice Inok
Manager Tony Otta
League Nigeria National League

Calabar Rovers FC are a Nigeria soccer team based in Calabar. They play their games at U. J. Esuene Stadium.


They were one of the original members of the Nigerian Second Division which was established in 1979. Under Brazilian coach Paulo Luiz Campos, they adopted a fast-paced style and were promoted after finishing second in 1981.

They stayed in the top flight for about a decade before being relegated to the lower leagues in 1993. During that time, they made the semifinals of the FA Cup twice but never won any major accolades. Their last game however was the controversial 13–0 loss to Akwa United on August 12, 2006. Already doomed to relegation to the Nigeria Amateur League, Rovers had three players sent off in the blowout which allowed Akwa to be promoted to the Premier League by a goal differential of one. Rovers, on the other hand, disbanded after the game.

Return to Nigerian League[edit]

In May 2008, the Cross River State government announced plans to bring the team back from hiatus and with corporate sponsorship. With the help of United Cement Company (UNICEM), they entered into a player share agreement with newly promoted Dankat FC of Kano for 12 million naira, and will play in the Nigeria National League in 2008–09. Since the team also acquired Dankat's league slot, they played their first season back in the mostly-northern division A. The team was run for the next five seasons by UNICEM. For part of the 2009 season they played at the Uyo Township Stadium while Eusene stadium was renovated for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

2016 squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Nigeria GK Franklin Akwari
Nigeria Antia Joseph
Nigeria Etete Okon
Nigeria Ibe Chinedu
Nigeria Abang Patrick
Nigeria Okon Jerry
Nigeria Effiom Maxwell
Nigeria Richard Johnson
Nigeria Etenfa Ekuta
Nigeria Stephen Manyo
Nigeria Onyedika Ngwu
Nigeria Eso Archibong
No. Position Player
Nigeria Thomas Agustine
Nigeria Inyang Asuquo
Nigeria Egbe Stephen
Nigeria Ene Sylvester
Nigeria Adeoye Ibrahim
Nigeria Umoinyang Nsisong
Nigeria Gber Clifford
Nigeria MF Uche Isaiah Ugwa
Nigeria GK James Kugen
Nigeria Achare Moses
Nigeria GK Arikpo Martins
Nigeria DF Kenneth Edeh


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