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Abia Warriors name 35 for Premier League

28 January 2014, 15:08Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Glo Nigerian Premier League debutants, Abia Warriors FC have named 35 players for registration in readiness for the 2013/14 season.

The list, compiled by the technical crew headed by Emeka Ezeugo consist of 20 new players as only 15 out of the over 35 players that shot the club to the summit of Nigeria’s club football could break into the list.

Among the old players who proved worthy after the team’s intensive camping and screening exercise include captain, Chima Uluocha who still skippers the side, Mohammed Garba, Sampson Chuks, Joseph Onuoha, Peter Onyekachi and top scorer, Chisom Chikatara while the duo of Marshall Okoro and Ndifreke Effiong crossed over from city rivals, Abia Comets.

Some of the new players include two strikers from abroad, Idriss Toure from Ivory Coast and Benin Republic’s Kuassi Judiceael.

Experienced continental campaigners like Emmanuel Fabiyi who captained Bayelsa United to the 3rd position in the Premier League last season and Abdulwasiu Sowemimo, who captained Kano Pillars to the semi-final of the African Champions League in 2009, as well as former Enyimba of Aba captain, Chidozie Johnson have also joined Abia Warriors.

Also among the new entrants are Ogbonnaya Okemiri, a two-time CAF champions League winner with Enyimba International and member of Nigeria’s Beach Eagles.

The 35 man list also contains the names of Onyekachi Okoye, Abbas Rabiu and Stanley Okoronkwo who has been recalled after spending last season on loan.

Addressing the players, Ezeugo admitted it was a herculean task to select the final 35 names as every player in camp did very well during the screening.

The full list

Joseph Onuoha, Chinedu Anozie, Emmanuel Fabiyi, Okoro Obasi, Walbe David, Nwabalogu Obinna, Chima Uluocha, Ogbonnaya Okemiri, Nelson Onyekachi, Chuks Sampson, Abdul Sowemimo, Amadi Obinna, Onyekachi Okoye, Chidozie Johnson, Salami Kingsley, Marshall Okoro, Ebuka Opara, Olumide Lukeman, Ugochukwu Obiegbu, Ifeanyi Onyeali, Ikechukwu Emmanuel, Peter Onyekachi, Chisom Chikatara, Idriss Toure, Arinze Okorie, Obarakpo Austine, Kuassi Judieael, Ndifreke Effiong, Philip Uche, Omosiwo Stanley, Stanley Okoronkwo, Amobi Ifeanyichukwu, Solomon Jock, Abbas Rabiu, Mohammed Garba.

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