By John Egbokhan
Warri Wolves hope to get off to a winning start on their CAF Champions League debut when they host Sporting Praia Cruz of Sao Tome and Principle tomorrow at the Warri City Stadium Warri Wolves, with a new management and a new chief coach in Sam Okpodu did not fare well at the Super 4 but will be out to turn the page around as they battle Praia Cruz.
The team, who finished second in last season’s Nigerian league, lost some important key players like skipper Azubuike Egwuekwe, Gbolahan Salami, Ichul Lordson and Ogenekharo Etebo, but signed goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, who was shone like a million stars at the Super 4, Mackson Ojobo and Bernard Okorowanta. Solomon Okpako and former Flying Eagles winger, Osanga King have also teamed up with Wolves after unproductive stints abroad.
Coach Sam Okpodu hopes the new additions will fire the Seasiders to an emphatic victory over the less fancied visitors and make the return leg in Sao Tome and Principe a mere formality.
Tomorrow’s encounter will be Wolves’s maiden outing in the prestigious CAF Champions League, having previously featured in the CAF Confederation Cup and CAF Cup, where they have never gone beyond the second round stage.. Chairman of the club, Moses Etu told Sports Vanguard said he was optimistic the team will defeat Sporting Praia Cruz and go far in CAF’s flagship club competition.
“I strongly believe that we will go far in this competition and surpass previous records. But we need the support of the fans to make this dream possible,” Etu said.