By Jerry Asiegbu
A Premier League playerÂ with Warri Wolves, Chuks Nwokocha, has called on the Nigeria Premier League to always provide adequate security at match venues to prevent the ugly situation where players and officials on away matches are intimidated and battered by home fans.
Nwokocha, who was one of the winners in the Oceanic Football Challenge with Fashanu last year spoke to Sports Vanguard yesterday at the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos, where he was training. This reporter was attracted to the scene when he heard one of the popular numbers of P-Square blaring away in a Kia Rio branded in Oceanic Football Challenge.
The Oceanic Talent Hunt star lamented the security situation at match venues which makes it so easy for fans to attack players and officials. He recalled that his team, Warri Wolves, were attacked in Gasau, Zamfara State, by the fans of Zamfara United, while the fans of Niger Tornadoes followed suit in Minna, with another face-offÂ at Nnewi in their match against Rangers.|
Nwokocha said he left for trials with Arab Contractors of Egypt immediately after the Oceanic Bank Challenge, when the promise to take six of them that were selected for trials in Europe failed, but could not make it because of a knee injury and the winter in that part of the world at that time, adding that his movement to Egypt was facilitated by his France-based Nigerian agent.
The Oguta, Imo State-born player joined Warri Wolves in the January transfer window this year and expressed happiness that they finished fourth on the league table.
He thanked Oceanic Bank International Plc for providing him and others the opportunity to excel while calling on other corporate organisations to emulate Oceanic Bank and help take our teeming youths away from vices.
He challenged Nigerian youths to take advantage of the 2nd Oceanic Bank Talent Hunt with Jay Jay Okocha to improve their lots.