Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has signed 19 new players and retained 14 of the old ones in readiness for the 2014/15 Glo Nigeria Professional Football League which kicks off across the nation this weekend.
The new entrants include experienced campaigners like Valentine Nwabili who moved from Niger Tornadoes of Minna, Uchenna Keke from Akwa United of Uyo, Bolaji Shakin, and Ivorien import, Dosso Alhassan from Dolphins of Port Harcourt as well as Rangers International ofEnugu twin brothers Joshua and Moses Odo.
Former Enyimba International of Aba star, Josiah Maduabuchi moved from Warri Wolves to join the Warriors who also grabbed Taraba United’s left-footer, Ali Buhari. Ogu Michael and big goalkeeper, Chinedu Udo (Iroko) have also joined Abia Warriors from sister Club, Heartland of Owerri, along with the Bayelsa United duo, Binebi Johnson and Sheriff Bashir.
Some local rivals also lost their players to Abia Warriors. They include, a non-league outfit based in Umuahia, “New Generation” which sold Shedrack Asiegbu and Michael Olaha to the Premier League outfit, while another home side, Abia Comets, lost Emeka Joseph to the Warriors.
National League side, MFM, Lagos supplied Atu Irumekhai to the Warriors who also signed Husseini Ahmen from Mighty Royals FC and Osita Egbo from Magic International Academy.
The old players who were retained include Captain Austine Obaroakpoand his central defence partner, Nnaemeka Anyanwu as well as experienced defenders Ogbonnaya Okemiri and Mohammed Garba.
Others are goalkeepers, Joseph Onuoha, Nnanna Michael, John Gaadi and Chinedu Anozie as well as free-kick specialist, Ndifreke Effiong and the club’s second highest goal scorer last season Chisom Chikatara.
Roving mid-fielder, Ifeanyi Onyeali and Okorie Torty also made thecut, alongside Nigeria U-23 team star, Michael Ibe Okoro and Chukwuemeka Nwabalogu.