Abia Warriors of Umuahia Manager, Kennedy Boboye has apologized to the club’s supporters worldwide over the team’s scandalous 5-0 loss to Kano Pillars in Kano.
Boboye, who expressed regrets at the result, told the Abia Warriors Supporters club members that the outcome of the game in Kano, was a surprise to the technical crew and the players themselves.
While taking full responsibility for the bashing, Boboye described the Kano debacle as one of the worst days of his career but assured that better days lay ahead.
“I know how you (Supporters of the Club) feel about the result. It was a very shameful outing in Kano, and up till now we cannot explain what hit us. But on behalf of the technical crew and the players, I want to apologise to you for crashing your expectations and I reassure you that we will get it right in our subsequent matches,” Boboye told the supporters.
He expressed happiness that some of his first team players, who were down with injury and missed the match in Kano have recovered and doing well in training.
Abia Warriors had a make-shift defence line in Kano as all the Central defenders were either injured or suspended.
National U-23 star, Amaefule Chizoba, Ozor Chinedu and Kabiru Ayinde, all defenders could not make the trip to Kano due to injury while Emmanuel Olowo, was suspended for the game. His central defence partner and team captain, Austin Obaroakpo played with injury.
The team’s top marksmen, Chisom Chikatara and Michael Olaha were not also in Kano having travelled abroad to finalise arrangements to join their new clubs while Ndifreke Effiong with six goals to his credit this season for Abia Warriors has been with the National U-23 team preparing for the Rio Olympic games in Brazil.
Sign four new players
Determined to bounce back into reckoning and take its place among the elite clubs in Nigeria, Abia Warriors Football Club has strengthened the team with the signing of four additional players.
The players include Chinenye Agoha, Chima Ndukwu, James Nicholas and returnee, Binaebi Johnson.
Johnson, who featured for Abia Warriors last season, had failed in his bid to seek for greener pastures and had to return to Umuahia to rejoin his colleagues.
For Agoha, he was with Giwa Fc before they were ousted from the League.
Chima Ndukwu, a combatant midfielder joined Abia Warriors after his adventure with Jomo Cosmos of South Africa.
The Owerri, Imo State born player had featured for JUTH of Jos before he travelled to South Africa.
James Nicholas was discovered at the recently concluded Nigeria Police Games in Abuja where he emerged as the top scorer.
He had previously played for Enugu Rangers International and Crime Bursters FC of Enugu before Abia Warriors grabbed him following his exploits in Abuja.
Kennedy Boboye has already expressed hope that the new additions will improve the team’s performance as they have been tested and found worthy, having all played the game at the highest level.