Okala applaud ABS coach

By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
Former Nigeria international and 1980 African Cup of Nations winning goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala, has described the Coach of Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC, Henry Makinwa, very sound, urging him to continue his good work with the Ilorin darling team.

Okala who was at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium to watch Rangers International FC and ABS FC matcha day 11 contest of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was full of praises for the Spanish trained gaffer following the display by display by the Saraki Boys.

A 36th minute individual brilliant strike by a former ABS player, Daniel Etor was all the Flying Antelopes needed to secure the three points at stake on Wednesday.

Reacting to Okala’s statement, Makinwa was delighted to have met a man he described the best goalkeeper the country has ever produced.

“I am very excited to meet the Great Okala today, this kind of rare moment comes once in a long time.

“Many of us aspire to be like him or Segun Odeyemi in our playing days.

“We used to joke then that “Even if you are Okala, I will score you or if you play reach Odegbami we won’t allow you win here today”.

“I jumped at a chance to take picture with the great Okala because I can’t forget those days we watch these great men” Makinwa said.

The former Tianjin TEDA of China and Rayo Vallecano of Spain attacker said he is still looking out for Christian Chukwu to take picture and meet because he is one the best the country has ever produced.


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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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