ABIA WARRIORS EMBARK ON CHRISTMAS BREAK, RESUMES JANUARY 3, 2017

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TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
Nigeria Premier League side, Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia have concluded the first phase of their pre-season programme with a 3-0 thrashing of Ebonyi United from Abakalaki.
The encounter, which took place in Umuahia saw Chima Uluocha, Durable Nwuju and Stanley Okoro score the goals for the Warriors who won the 11thof the 14 friendly games they played during the pre-season tour.
The pre-season tour which lasted for four weeks, started in Calabar, Cross River State and later shifted to Ozoro in Delta State and Oba in Anambra State where Abia Warriors engaged Federation Cup Champions, FC Ifeanyi Ubah in a duel that ended goalless at the Rojeny Sports Complex.
At the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro the Umuahia based side beat Delta Force of Asaba 1-0 with Samson Obi, who joined the Warriors from the Asaba team, grabbing the winner. Their other game against Lions FC of Lagos ended 1-1 at the same venue.
With a record of 11 wins, two draws and only one loss during the pre-season, Okey Emordi the Abia Warriors Technical Adviser would still not beat his chest in self glorification but instead, told Abia Warriors website that the team was still work in progress.
“We are using the friendlies to look at the players we have and choose those who fall into our philosophy and so far so good, I think we are satisfied with what we have seen. However we still have areas we are working on in order to make the team very competitive in readiness for the league opener”, Emordi further stated
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Abia Warriors FC, of Umuahia, Chief Emeka Inyama has expressed confidence that the team will do well when the season begins in January going by their extensive preparations so far.
Chief Inyama, who watched his team demolish Ebonyi United 3-0 in Umuahia, said the Okey Emordi led technical crew has done well so far and hoped they will not be carried away by the pre-season results.
He announced that the team would embark on their Christmas break beginning from Friday, 23rd December, 2016 to resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 and called on his boys to maintain their fitness level.
Abia Warriors will tackle oriental brothers and defending champions, Enugu Rangers International at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on the opening day of the league.

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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
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