Newly promoted Nigeria Premier League team, Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia is getting ready for the start of the new Premier League season next month with the recruitment of established and experienced players.
Goalkeeper Olaniyi Fabiyi, who led Bayelsa United to a third place finish in last season’s campaign, former Enyimba International of Aba player, Chidozie Johnson and Abdulwasiu Showemimo who captained Kano Pillars to the semi-final of the CAF Champions League a couple of years ago are now players of the Aba based club.
Also ready for some action for the Ochendo Babes is back-to-back winner of the CAF Champions League with Enyimba and member of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Ogbonnaya Okemiri and Onyekachi Okoye, the veteran midfielder who was declared the most valuable player in the Nigerian Premier League after assisting Lobi Stars of Makurdi to win the FA Cup in 2003.
Onyekachi Okoye, who last played for Sahel Sportivo of Niger Republic after coming back from Europe where he featured for Italian Clubsides like Primavera, AS Roma and Reggina, also played for a host of club sides in Nigeria including Enyimba International of Aba. “I’m in Umuahia to help Abia Warriors Stabilize in the county’s elite League and win titles”, says a delighted Okoye.
Olaniyi Fabiyi, a former Bayelsa Utd player, confirmed he had to leave the club after six years to seek for fresh challenges.
The former Enyimba, Niger Tornadoes of Minna and Gateway of Abeokuta Goalkeeper, who won four trophies with Bayelsa Utd, said he was one of the few players who remained with the club even after they were relegated and guided them back to the top class, insisting that he decided to join Abia Warriors to contribute his quota towards the building of a football club of tomorrow.
Sowemimo, a reliable central defender and veteran of many national and continental soccer battles, featured for Sunshine Stars of Akure last Season after a stint with Dolphins of Port Harcourt and captained Kano Pillars for many years said it was his pleasure to play for an ambitious club like Abia Warriors, promising to bring his experience to bear.