Lagos - Newly promoted Premier League hopefuls, Abia
Warriors FC of Umuahia have continued to strengthen the squad in readiness for
the kick-off of the Glo Premier League in February with the recruitment of more
The latest to be cited in the Warriors’ Camp include
goaltender, Olaniyi Fabiyi, who captained Bayelsa United to the third position
of the Premier League in last season’s campaign, former Enyimba International
of Aba captain, Chidozie Johnson and Abdulwasiu Showemimo who captained Kano Pillars
to the semi-final of the CAF Champions League in 2009.
Also ready to do action for the Ochendo Babes is
back-to-back winner of the CAF Champions League with Enyimba and member of
Nigeria’s Supersand Eagles, Ogbonnaya Okemiri and Onyekachi Okoye, the veteran
midfielder who was declared the most valuable player in the Nigerian Premier
League after helping Lobi Stars of Makurdi win the FA Cup in 2003.
The Anambra State – born 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, has also featured for a
host of club sides in Nigeria including Enyimba, he said he was in Umuahia to
help Abia Warriors Stabilize in the county’s elite league and win titles.
Similarly, Olaniyi Fabiyi, the long term Bayelsa United
captain, said he had to leave the club after six years to seek for fresh
The former Enyimba, Niger Tornadoes of Minna and Gateway of
Abeokuta goalkeeper, who won four trophies with Bayelsa United, 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
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.