Lagos - The Management of Abia Warriors FC has condemned in
strong terms reports making the rounds in the media that one of it’s star
players, Henry Ochuba, has been red-carded in this year’s Nigeria Professional
In a statement, the General Coordinator of the team, Godson
Eluwa said the report is not only misleading but also mischievous as Ochuba has
never been issued with a red card in the seven-week-old campaign.
According to Eluwa, Ochuba, has started two games for Abia Warriors
this season against El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri in Umuahia and against
Heartland FC in Owerri while coming in as a substitute against Ikorodu United
in Lagos and was an unused substitute against Enugu Rangers in Umuahia.
The mid-fielder, according to him, was not fielded in the
home match against Kano Pillars in Owerri and Plateau United in Jos.
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Eluwa revealed that of all the four matches Ochuba featured
for Abia Warriors, he only received one yellow card, against El-Kanemi Warriors
in Umuahia and wondered where the red card saga is coming from.
“May be Henry is being mistaken for El-Kanemi’s Aghoha Utakho
who was sent off by the Centre Referee Ogabor Joseph Odey in the first half of their
match with Abia Warriors in Umuahia. Henry was yellow-carded in the 28th minute
in the match while Utakho was sent off in the 33rd minute, may be some newsmen
may have mistaken Henry for Utakho”, Eluwa further clarified.
The Abia Warriors General Coordinator said the report has
constituted a serious embarrassment to the player and the club and wished
newsmen could cross check their facts from the appropriate quarters before dishing
them out to the public for consumption especially as the league Management
Company, has not stated anywhere that Ochuba was sent off in any match this
He said Abia Warriors has only received one red card this season
when their captain Austin Obaraokpo was sent off in the away match with Plateau
United in Jos.For
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