By Ben Efe
Warri Wolves Football Club boss, Davidson Owumi has urged the players to gird their loins for the tough ride to glory in the 2013/2014 Nigeria Premier League season, which begins February 23.
The club finished 6th in the league last season and painfully succumbed to Enyimba of Aba in the final of the 2013 Federation Cup at the Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos after leading 2-1 for most of the game.
It was their best chance of winning a silverware since they became a full fledged outfit with Delta State governor, Emmauel Uduaghan splashing the cash
Against this background, Delta State hired Owumi to plot a reversal of fortunes for the underachieving club. He told the players in Sagamu, where the team is in closed camping for 10 days, that they are condemned to do well and win a major trophy in the new season.
“The task ahead will not be easy. But we need to win trophies and the only way is for us to be disciplined, dedicated and committed .
We have no choice than to do well. The welfare of our players is top priority for management and our players must have to reciprocate the good gesture of Delta State Government and the Executive Chairman, Mr Pinnick Amaju,” said Owumi.
Thirty three players and the technical crew led by the Technical Adviser, Paul Aigbogun have been in Sagamu since midweek to shake off rustiness ahead a planned pre-season warm-up matches in Abuja. The players include four goalkeepers, Okiemute Odah, Ambrose Vanzekin, Tega Iriose and Tejiri Rhiogbere while the defenders are ThankGod Ike, Monday Osagie, Oke Oghenetewho, Bright Akpojuvwewho, Uche Ossai, and Goodluck Onamado.
The rest are John Agbawu, Bright Ebighagha, Joseph Eyimofe, Adama Coulibally, Ojo Mine, Oghenekaro Etebo, Kelvin Itoya, Gift Atuluwa, Kola Anobi, Achibi Ewenike, Joseph Osadiaye, Freedom Omafoman, and Bright Obada. Others are Daddy Bazuaye, Ichull Lordson, Brenda Obuh, Stanley Dimgba, Josiah Maduabuchi, Austin Amutu, and John Nnam.
The team will be joined by Captain Azubuike Egwueke and Joshua Obaje who are presently with the home based Super Eagles in South Africa for the CAF African Nations Championship CHAN.