Afolabi, Iko joins Niger Tornadoes

 

BY

TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN

 

Kogi United captain, Abiodun Afolabi and central defender James Iko have completed their transfer to Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL side, Niger Tornadoes ahead of the new season.

 

Both players joined Tornadoes after the deal was sealed last weekend.

 

Afolabi who is one of the highly rated right backs in the Nigeria National League, NNL would bring his experience to bear as Tornadoes aim to surpass their last season’s achievement when they finis hed 11th in their return to the top flight.

 

The Kwara-born full back expressed delight to have complete the move which he described as a stepping stone in his career just as promised to keep the fond memories of Kogi United in mind.

 

“I’m still in joyous mood and happy that I will play for Tornadoes next season, Afolabi said. It’s one of the best organized clubs in NPFL and the opportunity given to young footballers really lured me here, I’m impressed with I’ve seen so far in terms of quality and dedication in the players, I can’t wait to start playing competitive games with my teammates and working under a father figure coach, Coach (Abubakar) Bala, I’m optimistic this season will be much better than last season.

 

“I had an excellent five seasons with Kogi United, it’s a great club with perfect organization and I will always have them at heart for the great support in my career,” he said.

 

Iko James -Kogi United’s second vice captain- who also joined his captain to team up with “Ikon Allah Boys” has described his transfer as a reward for dedication, believe and focus just as hope to help Tornadoes achieve greatness in the coming NPFL season.

 

“It’s a good thing for me and my career to join Tornadoes, I’m excited about the prospect of playing in the apex league in Nigeria and I’m waiting patiently for the league to start so that I can grab my chance.

 

This is a result of my focus, dedication and he believe I have in myself to push on, even when I’ve written off, I will prove myself again to who believe in me by helping Tornadoes set a good record this season, he said.

 

Niger Tornadoes will start the new NPFL season with a trip to Lagos where they will face MFM FC on January 15th, 2017.


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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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