Friday, January 14, 2011
by Ojeikere Aikhoje
The January transfer window which opened last week has experienced a sluggish patronage.
It’s just 24 hours to the close of the transfer window and only a few clubs have made significant attempts to boost their roosters. Strikers have turned out to be the most wanted players so far.
In this report, SuperSport.com’s Ojeikere Aikhoje monitors the extent of job done so far.
Enugu Rangers failed to register former junior international, Nduka Ozokwo, who returned from his second spell in Europe on the eve of the present campaign.
The financial situation of the club has made the ‘Flying Antelopes’ to concentrate on the possibility of registering the diminutive winger in this transfer window.
Ozokwo’s inclusion in the team would no doubt boost the club’s quest for goals.
“Our main concern is to get Ozokwo into the team,” said media officer, Foster Chime to SuperSport.com.
The quartet of Fred Okwara, Brenthran Ogbu, Emeka Nwanna and Uche Nwafor will benefit from his dazzling runs on the flanks.
Rangers appear to have abandoned their proposed demand for in-form league legend, Victor Ezeji, who is still celebrating the Wafu cup success with Sharks.
Eugene Salami’s journey to Egypt for trials on the eve of the present campaign has affected the performance of Niger Tornadoes so far.
The exit of former junior international, Samuel Tswanya and David Amanyi equally increased the lacuna in the team’s attack.
However, the club has succeeded in luring their former hit-man, Darlington Ihejiene, who left for Enugu Rangers. Ihejiene has since returned and even scored on his debut at Shooting Stars.
“I’m happy to be back at Tornadoes,” Ihejiene said.
The return of Abdulwaheed Afolabi, the striker, who was at Dutch second division side, BV Veedam has also put smiles on the faces of fans.
The exit of Fengor Ogude to Norway has not affected the club’s performance in front of goal with the impressive performance of Ekigho Ehiosun.
Ehiosun and Tochukwu Mbachu have scored thrice this term.
The ambitious Wolves confirmed readiness to make their attack more dangerous with the arrival of Ocean Boys’ leading scorer, Charles Omokaro and teammate Chimezie Uba, who plays in the central defence.
SuperSport.com learnt that the club had to secure Omokaro as cover for Nigeria ‘B’invitee, Ehiosun, who is at the verge of securing a deal at oil rich Qatar
Omokaro, son of former Nigerian league star, George Omoakro has played at Bendel Insurance, Sharks and Enyimba..
The financial details of the deal remain unclear, but Omokaro, who scored thrice at Ocean Boys signed a one year contract.
The club will only have an addition to the team because the period is too short for the exercise, media officer, China Acheru told SuperSport.com.
Acheru revealed that former Nigerian international, Mutiu Adegoke will be the only new player to be registered.
Adegoke played for the team last term but was unavailable when regisration closed in November.
Interestingly, Dolphins have done well this term.
Wafu cup champions, Sharks, have boosted their squad with two fringe players.
“We have included Hope Fiberesima and Emmanuel Edoka in the squad,” club secretary, Cyril Wite said to SuperSport.com.
Wite revealed that the club will not bring any new player during the January transfer window due to logistics.
“We will make use of our present squad which secured the Wafu cup last December,” he said.
Shooting Stars Sports Club
SuperSport.com understands that the Ibadan side will not go outside in search for players.
The club has decided to draft five players from its reserve into the team for the January trasnfer window. The players are Sunday Adeyemi, Danladi Emmanuel, Timothy Idogbe, Lekan Gabriel and Dotun Oyelade.
Idogbe and Gabriel have featured for the club in the past.
Premier League side, Heartland is in search of strikers to end their goal drought.
“The coaches are working on the solution to our inability to score goals. We intend to use the January transfer window to get two more strikers because we haven’t scored in the last three matches,” media officer, Cajetan Nkwopara said to SuperSport.com
The highly rated side have scored just nine goals and conceded the same number of goals this term.
Osas Okoro is the club’s leading scorer with three goals, while top stars like Kofarmata, Ibenegbu, Ohawuchi and Obaje have scored once in 10 matches.
Heartland might have to send more youngsters into the first team.
Jos university teaching hospital (Juth) wants strikers to end their goal problem.
Chairman, Isa Mailafia told SuperSport.com that the strikers are yet to deliver.
“We need strikers to solve our problems. The team’s defence and midfield is okay,” he said.
Ghanaian forward, James Amankwei is the club’s leading scorer with thre goals. However, Juth have managed to score only four goals in eight matches.
Assistant coach, Abdullahi Heyman told SuperSport.com that the team is in search of forwards.
“We want to sign strikers,” he said.
Kaduna United’s duo of Jude Anieke and Siman Yusuf are among the leading scorers with four goals each.
Ocean Boys have turned out to be the busiest team with four new players added to the squad.
The players are former Nigerian international, Andrew Nwordu, former junior international, Ndala Ibrahim as well as the untested trio of Ifeanyi Okafor, Isiaka Adeniran and Abdulrahman Danjuma.
“These players will deliver,” media officer, Ohis Eddy stated after registering the players at the NPL.
The former champions have allowed the duo of Charles Omokaro and Chimezie Uba to join Warri Wolves.
Gombe United appears confortbale with the performance of the squad.
Head coach, Bernard Ogbe told SuperSport.com that there won’t significant changes in January.
“We expect some former players of the club to return,” Ogbe said to SuperSport.com.
Ogbe’s army have turned out to be one of the surprise teams of the present campaign.
Kano Pillars was expected to go through hard times with the exit of wonder-boy, Ahmed Musa to modest VVV Venlo in the Dutch League and the transfer of Solomon Okpako to Greece, but the reverse is the story.
The likes of Nasir Ali and Gambo Mohammed have shown they can do the job as such the club has no plan for any new player.
In fact, Mohammed has scored four goals to emerge among the leading scorers.
Other goal scorers in the team include Jospeh Thompson, Manir Ubale, Shehu Mohammed and Rabiu Ali.
Coach Gbenga Ogunbote is satisfied with the performance of his players and has no reason to look elsewhere.
The performance of Ibrahim Babale, Cletus Itodo, Ibrahim Ajani and Ukeyinma Akombo amongst others has made Ogunbote confident of a good outing.