Lagos - Kogi United FC have confirmed their readiness to compete for
honours in the upcoming Nigeria National League season.
Chairman of the club, Abdul Sule disclosed this in Lokoja after Kogi United
completed the swapping of position with Bida Lions FC of Niger State to remain
in the NNL.
Kogi United forfeited their status in the NNL last season after losing the
appeal case against Adamawa United but have since exchanged status with the
Niger based club who gained promotion to the NNL at the end of the
Abdul Sule, a former Stationary Stores star said the move to remain in the
second tier league of the country became necessary as Kogi United deserves to
be in top flight in Nigeria football.
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He added that the club would put all they've got to compete favorably in
the new campaign as mistakes noticed in the previous season would be
"We are back in the game, I can confirm to you that we will be in NNL next
season after we did the deal to swap position with Bida Lions," begins
"We cannot afford to play in amateur league, this club is too big for
that, what happened to us last season was unfortunate, it was painful but we've
put that aside now as we've learnt from our mistakes, this time we want to
face this season squarely and by the grace of God, we will challenge for
success and glory," the ex Super Eagles defender said.
Sule however called on the management members, coaches, players, supporters,
fans and well-wishers of the club to have a renewed interest with great support
to achieve greatness next season just as he called on the league organizers for
improved management to further develop the game.
Meanwhile, players of Kogi United have been asked to resume for training on
Monday, January 4, 2016 for the preparation of the new NNL season.
Team Manager of the Confluence state club, Ameh Henry, in a statement noted
that all players must be present at the training on the said date as there
won't be open screening for new players.
"We want to quickly swing into action and prepare well for the new season,
we want all players to resume on this date as there will be strict penalty for
"We will not be engaging in an open screening this time to avoid
distraction and also we don't want to prolong our programs to be in better
shape for the new season," Henry said in the statement.