Abia Warriors Enlist 19 New Players, Retain 14
Abia Warriors Sign 19 New Players Retain 14 Players
Umuahia based Abia Warriors FC have announced the signing of 19 new players and 14 players from the previous season have been retained as the Ochendo Babes set sight on the 2014/2015 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) which is scheduled to start this weekend, March 7,2015.
The new entrants include experienced campaigners like Valentine Nwabile who moved from Niger Tornadoes of Minna, Uchenna Keke from Akwa United of Uyo, Bolaji Shakin, and Ivorien import, Dosso Achassan from Dolphins of Port Harcourt as well as Rangers International of Enugu twin brothers Joshua and Moses Odo.
Former Enyimba International of Aba star, Josiah Maduabuchi moved from Warri Wolves to join the Warriors, Taraba United’s left-footer, Ali Buhari. Ogu Michael and big goalkeeper, Chinedu Ude (Iroko) have also joined Abia Warriors from sister Club, Heartland of Owerri, along with the Bayelsa United duo, Binebi Johnson and Sheriff Bashir.
Some local rivals also lost their players to Abia Warriors. They include, a non-league outfit based in Umuahia, “New Generation” which sold Shedrack Asiegbu and Michael Olaha to the Premier League outfit, while another home side, Abia Comets, lost Emeka Joseph to the Warriors.
National League side, MFM, Lagos supplied Atu Irumekhai to the Warriors who also signed Husseini Ahmen from Mighty Royals FC and Osita Egbo from Magic International Academy.
The old players who were retained include Captain Austine Obaroakpo and his central defense partner, Nnaemeka Anyanwu as well as experienced defenders Ogbonnaya Okemiri and Mohammed Garba.
Others are goalkeepers, Joseph Onuoha, Nnanna Michael, John Gaadi and Chinedu Anozie as well as free-kick specialist, Ndifreke Effiong and the club’s second highest goal scorer last season Chisom Chikatara.
Roving mid-fielder, Ifeanyi Onyeali and Okorie Torty also made the cut, alongside Nigeria U-23 team star, Michael Ibe Okoro and Chukwuemeka Nwabalogu.