By Richard Animam
Chairman ofÂ Warri Wolves FC Godwin Abighor, on Wednesday named former Enugu Rangers coach Lawrence Akpokona as the new technical adviser of the Warri side, stating that the engagement of Akpokona was as a result of the bigger challenges ahead of the team.
In a meeting held in Asaba, which had chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission Amaju Pinnick alongside other officials and players in attendance, Abigor lauded the effort of the Solomon Ogbeide- led coaching crew for their efforts but stated that they can not continue owing to the biggerÂ picture ahead of the team.
Ogbeide led Warri Wolves to a fourth place finish in the recently concluded Globacom Premier League, which was won by Bayelsa United FC.
Akpokona is expected to take Wolves to higher ground with Chief coach Abdullahi Mekama giving him the needed support. Also in are Segun Oguns (Goalkeeper trainer) and Godon Ogbe (Trainer).
The chairman stated that given the name made by the Delta State team recently, the Lawrence Akpokona led coaching crew will have to double their efforts to ensure that the team improves on its performance come next season. On the rumour making the rounds about General Manager of the team, Abighor dismissed it saying there was no plan to replace Mike Idoko. He stressed that if he had his way, Idoko would have been promoted.
According to him, Idoko showed commitment and took his job very seriously and needed to be commended.
Meanwhile, Warri Wolves are expected to embark on one week camping either in Ijebu Ode or Otta, preparatory to the teamâ€™s trip to Europe. According to Idoko, the team made up ofÂ 25 players and seven officials will leave Nigeria on July 29 to Europe and would take the opportunity to play some friendly matches and would return on time to be part of the Super Four billed for August.
â€œThe team will leave on 29 of this month to France and Holland with 25 players and seven officials. There is going to be one week camping in Ije Ode or Otta where the team would leave for Europe and return for the Super Four in Augustâ€, he said.